Compass backs Vinnies CEO Sleepout again to help end homelessness

14 Jun 2019

Compass backs Vinnies CEO Sleepout again to help end homelessness

Three Compass Housing staff are joining CEO Greg Budworth in this year's Vinnies CEO Sleepout to play their part in helping to end the cycle of homelessness for local people. The Sleepout will be held in Newcastle on June 20, one of the longest and coldest nights of the year, at McDonald Jones Stadium.

This will be Compass GMD Greg Budworth’s fifth sleepout. Joining them is Michelle Faithfull, Prof David Adamson and Vanessa Khouli.

He says he supports the CEO Sleepout because homelessness is such a significant and growing issue. More than 116,000 Australians experience homelessness on any given night.

“By doing the Sleepout I hope I provide some awareness to my staff and others in the community of the plight of people experiencing homelessness and the disadvantage they experience,” Mr Budworth says. 

“Even though we are only sleeping out for one night, it does give you some perspective,” he says.

Mr Budworth encouraged people to donate what they can to help Vinnies to provide support to homeless people. $55 will feed a family for a day. $505 will provide emergency accommodation for a family in crisis. $300 will help relocate a person sleeping rough to accommodation services.

The Compass team will join hundreds of other CEOs, business owners as well as community and government leaders to sleep outdoors at 11 locations around Australia to support Australians who are experiencing homelessness. Last year, the Vinnies CEO Sleepout raised $6.9 million nationally.

Donate to Greg and the Compass team here.

Supporting the CEO Sleepout is one of a number of things Mr Budworth and his team at Compass Housing are doing to eliminate homelessness in the region.

Aside from its day to day business of providing social and affordable housing to more than 12,000 people in NSW and Queensland, Compass is a member of, and provides secretariat support to the The Big Ideas Homelessness Network.

The Network is working with local organisations to sign the Newcastle and Hunter Pledge to end homelessness.

Compass also provides an event coordinator to support the Hunter Homeless Connect Day committee which runs a one day event in August to provide one stop shop services and support to local people who are experiencing homelessness, or are at risk of homelessness. 

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