Edge Environment’s monthly ‘Make More Good’ donation sends $300 to a worthy cause nominated by a staff member. In December 2020, Edge’s Sustainability Consultant, Kevin Anderson, chose The Haymarket Foundation to be the recipient.
It is worrying to see how fast homelessness is growing in prosperous cities like Sydney. While finding someone sleeping on the footpath next to a $200k car is an extreme expression of inequality, it is just a small portion of the problem.
Homelessness is not only caused by the high prices of real estate, or alcohol and drug abuse. It is a complex problem, which includes people marginalised by domestic violence, sexual abuse, racism, xenophobia, human trafficking, mental illness, disability, and sexual discrimination.
Data from the last census (ABS, 2016) indicates that people sleeping rough is just the tip of the iceberg. In Australia, 1 in 200 people is homeless on any given night. This represents more than 116,000 people countrywide. From this total, only 7% are people sleeping in improvised dwellings or sleeping out. I believe this last number is low, thanks to the work of charities and public services.
COVID-19 has put more people at risk of homelessness through impacting mental health and the economy. The exacerbated use of alcohol and drugs indicate that more people could require support. This is why I have chosen The Haymarket Foundation to make EDGE’s donation for December.
Fortunately, organisations such as The Haymarket Foundation have accepted the challenge to address the complexity of homelessness and provides new opportunities for people that find themselves without a home. I hope this donation helps with the financial stress caused by the increased demand for their services, and that it could give a little more exposure to the great work they have been doing.