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									Media release – for immediate release
Thursday 18th December 2008

Victoria’s homeless face bleak Christmas
Forget cutting back on the turkey and pudding this year – more than 23,000 homeless
Victorian men, women and children will face this Christmas day without even basic food
or shelter.
Council to Homeless Persons CEO, Deb Tsorbaris, said homeless Melburnians may be caught short
on Christmas day, with key homelessness agencies curtailing giving programs due to fundraising
shortfalls, tightened budgets and unprecedented increases in demand for their services during the
year.
“We’ve been receiving calls saying some Christmas appeals are falling short of their targets. Many
services are stretched beyond their limits already, and they will be unable to cope with the increased
demand over the Christmas period, particularly without the expected influx of much-needed public
donations,” Ms Tsorbaris said.
While some agencies such as Sacred Heart Mission are reporting higher than expected donations
for their Christmas appeals, others are down on previous years. And while some will be closed on
Christmas Day, others are gearing up to provide lunch for far greater numbers than usual.
Vinnies is catering for 400 meals on Christmas Day (during 2008 they provided up to 160 lunches a
day, up from 90 a day over the past 18 months); Sacred Heart Mission provides 450 meals a day;
and volunteers from Radio 3CR’s Roominations program are holding a Christmas Day lunch for
homeless people, for the first time, to cater for those who may otherwise miss out.
Ms Tsorbaris said while ordinary Victorians were traditionally generous and community-spirited, this
year many were feeling the impact of the economic crisis and may consider donations to charity a
luxury they can no longer afford.
“We’re appealing to those who have somewhere to call home, adequate food, and gifts for
families and friends, to contribute in any way they can to homelessness charities this year.
“Contributions don’t have to take the form of money; people can donate goods, volunteer their time,
or contribute in many other ways,” she said. “Homelessness can affect anyone at any stage in life.
People do not set out to deliberately become homeless; it happens for many reasons and as a
society we must offer a helping hand to those who find themselves without a home.”
Ms Tsorbaris thanked those who had already given generously, including individuals and companies
who had made donations of food and toys for Christmas Day.




                                       Page 1 of 2
FIVE WAYS that ordinary Victorians can contribute to people experiencing homelessness:


LEARN                                    VOLUNTEER                                GIVE

Find out more about the causes           Volunteer at a homelessness              Donate to organisations that
and impacts of homelessness,             service provider in your area.           provide crisis services and / or
and learn about the Victorian                                                     projects that help people avoid
strategy for ending                      Further details –                        or move out of homelessness,
homelessness.                            Council to Homeless Persons:             including (in alpha order):
                                         9419 8699
Council to Homeless Persons:                                                      Melbourne CityMission
www.chp.org.au                                                                    www.melbournecitymission.org.au
                                         DINE OUT
                                                                                  Royal District Nursing Service
DONATE                                   Organise a group, your office            www.rdns.com.au
                                         Christmas party or dine solo at
                                         one of more than 230                     Sacred Heart Mission
Volunteers from Radio 3CR’s                                                       www.sacredheartmission.org
                                         StreetSmart participating
Roominations program, a weekly
                                         restaurants across Australia and
program by and for people                                                         St Mary’s House of Welcome
                                         leave a $2 donation. StreetSmart
experiencing homelessness,                                                        www.smhow.org.au
                                         distributes 100% of donations to
have organised a free Christmas
                                         grassroots community projects
day barbecue and is appealing                                                     St Vincent de Paul’s
                                         supporting homeless people in
for donations of plates, bowls,                                                   www.vinnies.org.au
                                         the communities where
cutlery, alfoil, serving implements
                                         participating restaurants are
etc.                                                                              The Salvation Army
                                         located.
Gerard Ahearne                                                                    www.salvationarmy.org.au/victoria
m 0439 653 610                           www.streetsmartaustralia.org
e: roominations@hotmail.com



More than 23,000 Victorians are experiencing homelessness, most of whom are ‘couch surfing’ among friends and
relatives or staying in temporary accommodation. Around 13% are ‘sleeping rough’ on the streets; about 25% live in
private boarding houses or as ‘marginal residents’ in caravan parks.
CHP is the peak Victorian body representing individuals and organisations with a stake or interest in homelessness.
Our mission is to work towards ending homelessness through leadership in policy, advocacy and sector
development.
Ends/ends…


MEDIA PLEASE NOTE: Council to Homeless Persons CEO, Deb Tsorbaris, is available for interview.
For interview arrangements and further information:
        Diana Wolfe                                       m 0400 148 099
        Media & Communications Coordinator                w 9419 8699
        Council to Homeless Persons                       e media@chp.org.au


For further details about the Roominations Christmas Day lunch and to arrange filming or photographing
on the day:
        Gerard Ahearne                                    m 0439 653 610
                                                          e roominations@hotmail.com

                                            Page 2 of 2
Media release – for immediate release
Thursday 18th December 2008

Victoria’s homeless face bleak Christmas
Forget cutting back on the turkey and pudding this year – more than 23,000 homeless
Victorian men, women and children will face this Christmas day without even basic food
or shelter.
Council to Homeless Persons CEO, Deb Tsorbaris, said homeless Melburnians may be caught short
on Christmas day, with key homelessness agencies curtailing giving programs due to fundraising
shortfalls, tightened budgets and unprecedented increases in demand for their services during the
year.
“We’ve been receiving calls saying some Christmas appeals are falling short of their targets. Many
services are stretched beyond their limits already, and they will be unable to cope with the increased
demand over the Christmas period, particularly without the expected influx of much-needed public
donations,” Ms Tsorbaris said.
While some agencies such as Sacred Heart Mission are reporting higher than expected donations
for their Christmas appeals, others are down on previous years. And while some will be closed on
Christmas Day, others are gearing up to provide lunch for far greater numbers than usual.
Vinnies is catering for 400 meals on Christmas Day (during 2008 they provided up to 160 lunches a
day, up from 90 a day over the past 18 months); Sacred Heart Mission provides 450 meals a day;
and volunteers from Radio 3CR’s Roominations program are holding a Christmas Day lunch for
homeless people, for the first time, to cater for those who may otherwise miss out.
Ms Tsorbaris said while ordinary Victorians were traditionally generous and community-spirited, this
year many were feeling the impact of the economic crisis and may consider donations to charity a
luxury they can no longer afford.
“We’re appealing to those who have somewhere to call home, adequate food, and gifts for
families and friends, to contribute in any way they can to homelessness charities this year.
“Contributions don’t have to take the form of money; people can donate goods, volunteer their time,
or contribute in many other ways,” she said. “Homelessness can affect anyone at any stage in life.
People do not set out to deliberately become homeless; it happens for many reasons and as a
society we must offer a helping hand to those who find themselves without a home.”
Ms Tsorbaris thanked those who had already given generously, including individuals and companies
who had made donations of food and toys for Christmas Day.




                                       Page 1 of 2
FIVE WAYS that ordinary Victorians can contribute to people experiencing homelessness:


LEARN                                    VOLUNTEER                                GIVE

Find out more about the causes           Volunteer at a homelessness              Donate to organisations that
and impacts of homelessness,             service provider in your area.           provide crisis services and / or
and learn about the Victorian                                                     projects that help people avoid
strategy for ending                      Further details –                        or move out of homelessness,
homelessness.                            Council to Homeless Persons:             including (in alpha order):
                                         9419 8699
Council to Homeless Persons:                                                      Melbourne CityMission
www.chp.org.au                                                                    www.melbournecitymission.org.au
                                         DINE OUT
                                                                                  Royal District Nursing Service
DONATE                                   Organise a group, your office            www.rdns.com.au
                                         Christmas party or dine solo at
                                         one of more than 230                     Sacred Heart Mission
Volunteers from Radio 3CR’s                                                       www.sacredheartmission.org
                                         StreetSmart participating
Roominations program, a weekly
                                         restaurants across Australia and
program by and for people                                                         St Mary’s House of Welcome
                                         leave a $2 donation. StreetSmart
experiencing homelessness,                                                        www.smhow.org.au
                                         distributes 100% of donations to
have organised a free Christmas
                                         grassroots community projects
day barbecue and is appealing                                                     St Vincent de Paul’s
                                         supporting homeless people in
for donations of plates, bowls,                                                   www.vinnies.org.au
                                         the communities where
cutlery, alfoil, serving implements
                                         participating restaurants are
etc.                                                                              The Salvation Army
                                         located.
Gerard Ahearne                                                                    www.salvationarmy.org.au/victoria
m 0439 653 610                           www.streetsmartaustralia.org
e: roominations@hotmail.com



More than 23,000 Victorians are experiencing homelessness, most of whom are ‘couch surfing’ among friends and
relatives or staying in temporary accommodation. Around 13% are ‘sleeping rough’ on the streets; about 25% live in
private boarding houses or as ‘marginal residents’ in caravan parks.
CHP is the peak Victorian body representing individuals and organisations with a stake or interest in homelessness.
Our mission is to work towards ending homelessness through leadership in policy, advocacy and sector
development.
Ends/ends…


MEDIA PLEASE NOTE: Council to Homeless Persons CEO, Deb Tsorbaris, is available for interview.
For interview arrangements and further information:
        Diana Wolfe                                       m 0400 148 099
        Media & Communications Coordinator                w 9419 8699
        Council to Homeless Persons                       e media@chp.org.au


For further details about the Roominations Christmas Day lunch and to arrange filming or photographing
on the day:
        Gerard Ahearne                                    m 0439 653 610
                                                          e roominations@hotmail.com

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