2016

 

On Monday 8th August, the 2016 Western Sydney Homeless Connect (WSHC) was held at Parramatta Town Hall and Centenary Square, as part of Parramatta Homeless Persons Week with a record attendance of an estimated 2500 people. Now in its fourth year WSHC has continued to grow in size and in its value to the Western Sydney community. There was overwhelming support for WSHC2016, a reflection of the growing issue of homelessness and the number of people at risk of homelessness. Over 50 volunteers and 50 support providers came together to provide real support for people experiencing homelessness. WSHC gave out 2600 meals from Bunnings Warehouse North Parramatta and Outback Steakhouse Wentworthville, Rapid Relief Team (RRT) and Soul Origin Westfield Parramatta; 1000 care packs, 1500 cups of barista made coffee from RRT and Soul Origin; 242 health checks by Western Sydney University nursing and midwifery students; 30 dental checks; 110 haircuts from HairAid volunteers. We also know that 32 of our support providers made 1602 connections with our homeless or at risk homeless guests.

 

2015

 

On Monday 12 October a record 1,600 number of people experiencing homelessness and disadvantage from all over Western Sydney attended the 2015 Western Sydney Homeless Connect (WSHC) generously hosted by the city of Parramatta at the Parramatta Town Hall. In its third year, the WSHC was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Parramatta City Councillor Paul Garrard, who spoke of the importance of this community event. Over 105,000 people experience homelessness every night across Australia and of this number, 60% are under the age of 35; 44% are women; and only 6% are sleeping rough on the streets. These statistics highlight that the homeless and disadvantaged are ordinary Australian households

 

2014

 

On Monday 12 October a record 1,600 number of people experiencing homelessness and disadvantage from all over Western Sydney attended the 2015 Western Sydney Homeless Connect (WSHC) generously hosted by the city of Parramatta at the Parramatta Town Hall. In its third year, the WSHC was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Parramatta City Councillor Paul Garrard, who spoke of the importance of this community event. Over 105,000 people experience homelessness every night across Australia and of this number, 60% are under the age of 35; 44% are women; and only 6% are sleeping rough on the streets. These statistics highlight that the homeless and disadvantaged are ordinary Australian households