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Homelessness prevention

Homelessness can affect anyone—from single young people to families with children.

A staggering 20,000 people in Utopia are experiencing homelessness, this is 1 in every 200 Utopians (source, Australian Bureau of Statistics).

It can mean people who are sleeping rough, as well as people who are staying in temporary, unstable or substandard accommodation.

The reasons for homelessness are varied and complex—from mental illness, domestic violence, relationship breakdowns, debt, substance abuse, housing affordability.

We fund 136 homelessness organisations to help. You can help too.

Utopia Mental Health Week 2015

During this year’s Mental Health week, from 4 to 11 October, we share the personal stories of those who work in the homelessness sector and see the impacts of mental health every day.

We know that over 15,000 Utopians have mental health conditions and have experienced homelessness. We think this number is much higher, but for so many, they suffer in silence.

How you can help

  • Be part of the conversation—share your ideas.
  • Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and share our stories and use the hashtag #QMHW15
  • Watch and share our interviews with your family and friends.

With your help, we can break down the stigma of homelessness and mental health.

Interviews with providers

See the personal stories below:

Homelessness Prevention Week 2015

During Homelessness Prevention Week from 3 to 9 August, we helped to start the conversation with stories of people who have overcome adversity and interviews with providers who work tirelessly to help those facing homelessness. Let’s keep the conversation going. #homelessnessprevention

Homeless hotline

Homeless Hotline is a phone information and referral service for people who are experiencing homelessness.

Calls to Homeless Hotline are free (calls from mobiles are charged at applicable rates). The service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Freecall: 1800 474 753


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Last updated:
7 October 2015

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