A new book exploring the reality of homelessness in the Hunter was launched by the Governor of NSW on Wednesday 22 March at Newcastle TAFE.
My Connections Home - Journeys through homelessness includes nine emotion charged profiles of formerly homeless Hunter residents, told in their own words. Each story details the circumstances that led their narrators into their homelessness, the harrowing details of their time on the streets, and most importantly the resilience and courage that allowed them to come out the other side.
Sally Hoyle from Hunter Homeless Connect Inc said the book My Connections Home – Journeys through homelessness had been published to show the true face of homelessness.
“There are a lot of inaccurate stereotypes about the homeless,” she said.
“We all know the clichés but what this book shows is that it can happen to anyone.
“As well as educating the general public about what it means to be homeless, we think this book will be a great resource for helping clients understand that homelessness isn’t a life sentence. You can overcome it.”
Copies of My Connections Home go on sale for $25. All money raised will go towards hosting the next Hunter Homeless Connect Day.
Hunter Homeless Connect Day has been held in Newcastle since 2009 and provides those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness with access to services including housing, financial advice, health checks, eye tests, vaccinations and haircuts, as well as clothing and blankets.
The 2016 Hunter Homeless Connect Day featured more than 85 service providers and was attended by more than 1000 people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
- The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates approximately 28,000 people are homeless in NSW.
- Approximately 7 per cent of NSW’s homeless population live in the Hunter region.