Sydney »cleaned« the bridge of homelessness

In Sydney people's tents and other possessions at Wentworth Park were removed by Council workers after complaints from local residents. All the belongings were placed in storage for half a year which left homeless again at the staring point. One rough sleeper told Green Left Weekly the council told them their space “needed to be clean”.

The alarming statistics, published by the City of Sydney Street Count, states that there has been a 16% rise in the number of homeless people since last year, with an increasing number of those homeless being women and children who have faced domestic violence. This is made worse by the NSW government privatising public housing and defunding women's refuges.

To help solving the problem, »cleaning« up the city shall be made in a different way.

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Low temperatures call for extreme measures

London`s outreach workers have been working hard last few days to help rough sleepers as the temperatures dropped below zero. Conditions on the street became life-threatening thus emergency measures, known as Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP), were triggered across London. This is to ensure that no one dies on the street due to the severe weather conditions, and also to help rough sleepers access support services and in some cases to return home.

During SWEP, more outreach workers are sent out on the streets and emergency places are made available in hostels which would otherwise be declared full, including 40 spaces in a former hotel in north-west London operated by the St Mungo’s Broadway charity. On a shift last week, Alex Christofides rescued two women, one of them a teenager. He placed them under SWEP measures, while a 67-year-old man was accommodated at an NSNO centre.

Read full atricle in the The independent

A dramatic increase of WRS in Aucland

In Aucland, New Zealand city`s housing crises deepens and causes an enourmous increase of rough sleepers: since the crises the number of people sleeping on the streets and in the parks has doubled. A City Mission count on October 19 2014 found 147 people sleeping rough within a 3km radius of the Sky Tower - up 116 per cent from a count of 68 in 2013.

The count found a dramatic increase in women sleeping rough - up from just seven in 2012 to 31 this time, or 21 per cent of the total.

Read full atricle in the NZ Herald

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