• Donate to the Salvos’ Annual Sleeping Bag Appeal and help bring warmth and comfort to WA’s homeless

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    With winter now upon us, REIWA and its agents are once again throwing support behind The Salvation Army’s annual Sleeping Bag Appeal to help bring comfort to the homeless on our streets during the colder months.

    Part of the Salvos’ Winter Appeal, the annual Sleeping Bag Appeal encourages West Australians to donate warm sleeping bags and blankets to designated collection points, which the Salvos then distribute to those in need.

    REIWA President Hayden Groves said for those living rough on our streets, the winter months were especially difficult.

    “Most of us take it for granted that we have a roof over our head and a warm, safe place to sleep at night. However, for the growing number of homeless people in our state, this is not their reality. The Salvos’ Sleeping Bag Appeal is a small way you can help bring some much needed warmth and comfort to those sleeping rough on our streets.

    “West Australians are well known for their generosity, so I encourage everyone who is in a position to help to donate a sleeping bag or blanket to this very worthy cause,” Mr Groves said.

    Economic, Social & Impact Survey

    The Salvation Army released the findings of their annual Economic, Social & Impact Survey (ESIS) last week, which highlighted the growing issue of homelessness in WA.

    The report found more than half of respondents in WA said their household’s financial situation had become worse over the past 12 months, while nearly one in five reported finding a safe and secure place to live was their greatest challenge on a day-to-day basis.

    Salvation Army Spokesman Warren Palmer said “The Pathway to homelessness varies for each person due to multiple entry points such as mental health, relationship breakdown, addictions and domestic violence, but a significant impact often instigating this pathway is financial hardship.

    “Much of the ESIS report points towards this being a key factor, with the depravity of a range of basic human needs ultimately leading to the isolation of homelessness,” Mr Palmer said.

    Mr Groves said the results of the ESIS report were troubling and more needed to be done to help the homeless in WA and stop this issue growing.

    “Every West Australian deserves access to safe, affordable and accessible housing options. Housing stress is a major contributor to the growing levels of homelessness on our streets, and charitable groups like the Salvation Army are not going to be able to fix this problem alone. Homelessness is complex and we need a coordinated approach from all levels of Government in collaboration with the private sector to help eradicate it,” Mr Groves said.

    How to donate

    West Australians who would like to be a part of the real estate industry’s support of the homeless can contribute new or freshly laundered sleeping bags or blankets to the appeal.

    To donate, simply drop these items off at REIWA or at one of the designated REIWA agency collection points throughout the metropolitan area.

    View a list of the collection points.

    To find out more about REIWA’s partnership with The Salvation Army and the REIWA agents who support it directly, visit reiwa.com’s In the Community page.

    Image: REIWA Community REInvest Coordinator Kate Gorce-Macham with Salvation Army representative Keira Mcconkey collecting sleeping bags and blankets during the 2017 Sleeping Bag Appeal.