Vinnies calls for donations for those sleeping rough this winter
A small Queenslander home on the corner of a street in Spring Hill has been a source of hope for many Brisbane residents when times are at their toughest.
Vinnies Queensland’s Spring Hill Support Centre has been helping those experiencing homelessness, poverty and family trauma for nearly 10 years – but with winter just around the corner, the requests for help continues to grow.
Vinnies’ Brisbane President Trish McMahon said with many vulnerable Brisbane residents currently on the losing end of a state-wide affordable rental shortage, the demand was getting higher.
“Every winter we see a spike in requests – we’re talking an additional 500 extra people or so during June, July and August,” Ms McMahon said.
“This rental crisis has seen an unprecedented number of requests for support with rising rent prices, on top of the usual requests we get through the colder months.”
According to stats from SQM Research, Brisbane experienced a residential vacancy rate of 1.4% last month, the lowest since June 2007.
Ms McMahon said the Spring Hill Support Centre had stocked up on blankets and food hampers to distribute to locals doing it tough during winter but was concerned it won’t be enough.
“Our food pantry is not exactly full and what we do have, we’ve mostly purchased it ourselves,” she said.
Vinnies Queensland recently launched its Winter Appeal to support Queensland families and individuals who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness throughout the state.
On 17 June, one of the coldest nights of the year, local business and community leaders will be doing their part by sleeping rough at the Vinnies CEO Sleepout event to raise $1m+ for homelessness support services.
Ms McMahon said the support of Brisbane residents would go a long way in providing food, essentials, and blankets, as well as supporting the Vinnies team to find safe and secure accommodation for the city’s homeless.
You can support Vinnies Queensland to help Brisbane residents doing it tough this winter by:
- Donating non-expired food, blankets and hygiene products by calling 1800 VINNIES (1800 846 437) – both individual and corporate donations are appreciated
- Donating directly to the Winter Appeal by visiting qld.vinnies.org.au/winterappeal
- Supporting Vinnies CEO Sleepout participants by visiting ceosleepout.org.au/event/Brisbane
- Donating clothes and furniture to your local Vinnies Shop, where anything not passed on to those in need are sold to fund community support programs
In the last financial year, Vinnies Queensland’s homelessness services assisted 3,641 people in need across the state and provided more than 85,700 beds for crisis accommodation.