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MASP marks World Homeless Day with a call to action

Community members are being urged to support efforts to end homelessness as the crisis is
highlighted around the world. Tuesday, 10 October, is World Homeless Day, which has been marked globally since 2010. The day is used internationally to draw attention to the needs of people who experience homelessness locally while also highlighting areas where policy and funding need to improve.

“Our organisation provides a range of critical services across the region and is supported by
many community and government partners, but we always need more help to tackle
homelessness,”
Mallee Accommodation and Support Program CEO Vincent Wilson said.
“That’s why, this year, we’re using World Homeless Day to highlight the ways the community
can support our efforts to help vulnerable people across the Mallee.”

Figures from the 2021 Census show the number of people struggling to pay their mortgage or
rent, which has increased significantly in the Mallee, putting more locals at risk of
homelessness.
“A great way for people to help is to support our fundraising efforts, including donating to our
Homelessness Support Fund, which can be found on our website,”
Mr Wilson said.
“Money donated to this fund will go directly towards our homelessness services, providing
material aid for essential supplies like bedding, emergency accommodations, and food
support.”

MASP works in collaboration with government and non-government agencies, benefiting from
the financial support of philanthropic funds and business sponsors, allowing it to provide a
comprehensive approach to homelessness services.
The organisation was thrilled with the community’s inspiring response to Homelessness Week,
held earlier this year. “The donations received during that week will directly impact the lives of dozens, offering hope and sustenance to those facing the toughest times”, Mr Wilson said.

World Homeless Day coincides with World Mental Health Day, and Mr Wilson said that linkage
highlighted the critical connection between mental health and homelessness, especially among
youth and adults seeking MASP’s assistance.

“MASP continues to take a holistic approach, working closely with local partner organisations to
address the root causes and provide tailored support,”
he said.
All the work the organisation does is founded on its core CARES values, with MASP striving to
deliver support that is connected, accountable, responsive, empowering and safe.

For more information about the support and contact details if you are experiencing a housing
crisis, call MASP on 03 5021 6500 or visit havenhomesafe.org.au. If you or anyone you know are
experiencing personal difficulties, and are looking for someone to talk to, visit www.lifeline.org.au.

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