Australian charity Beddown has decided to take proactive action and help people in need.
Having somewhere to sleep can really make a difference when someone is trying to get back on their feet.
The charity sought out the initiative of using abandoned spaces to provide shelter, beds and shower facilities for homeless people in Brisbane.
Beddown has taken over a parking lot and turned it into a wonderful shelter for the homeless.
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Australia is facing a homelessness crisis.
Over 1 million Australians experience extreme #housingstress. 100,000+ are homeless. These stats are criminal in fi… https://t.co/5Na5kUuPwC— Jess Scully (@Jess Scully)1573802793.0
Sydney became a homeless hot spot.
via: Getty ImagesPeople pitching up tents in the business district of Sydney caused a lot of controversy in 2017.
via: Getty ImagesMartin Place situated in the central business district of Sydney became known as "Tent City" because of the number of homeless people camping there.
A controversial law was passed to evict the homeless.
via: Getty Images.The NSW Government in Australia caused public outcry when they passed a bill that gave police the power to remove people from crown land if the land minister deems it to be a public safety issue.
Nowhere to go.
via: Getty ImagesAround fifty homeless people were evicted from the site at Martin Place but as is the situation across Australia, many people have nowhere to go.
Being homeless should not be a crime. Anywhere. I was homeless for some time in Brisbane in my early 20s, and I wou… https://t.co/VkZOMKI1z4— Joel Birch (@Joel Birch)1572581305.0
Mental illness is one of the leading causes of homelessness.
via: Getty Images.In a 2011 report published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, it was revealed that "the prevalence of mental illness in the homeless population to be between 72% and 82%."
What support is out there?
via: Getty ImagesOrganizations like The Big Issue have been major players across the world in helping people when they find themselves homeless but so much more needs to be done.
Now, this might just look like a parking lot...
via: BeddownBut homeless charity Beddown saw an opportunity.
Parking lots tend to be vacant at night.
via: BeddownThe charity struck up a deal with one of the largest car parking operatives in Australia, Secure Parking, to do a two-week trial of the scheme in Brisbane.
"Thank you to our awesome group of volunteers."
via: BeddownIn an Instagram post, the charity commended its volunteers for helping set up beds each night for the trail.
"Sleep deprivation is a massive issue for our homeless"
via: BeddownThe founder of Beddown, Norman McGillivray, believes getting a good night's sleep is vital for anyone trying to get back on their feet.
The response to the scheme is so inspiring.
via: BeddownOne rough sleeper who slept in the make-shift shelter during the trial said, “Being able to sleep all night and away from drugs, I’m clearer in the day and have not used drugs for 8 days."
A chance to clean up.
via: BeddownThe scheme offered homeless people some of the necessities we take for granted every day. Another sleeper praised the scheme, saying “after spending the week here, having a good sleep at night and a routine, it reminded me of life and I booked myself into Rehab for 6 months."
A sense of security.
via: BeddownThe parking lot provided the homeless sleepers a chance to sleep without fear. One guest appreciated the opportunity to have a stress free night. They said: “I don’t have to watch my back here."
“It’s the first time I have had a dream in years."
via: BeddownIt's amazing what a difference putting a couple of mattresses down in a parking lot can make to those in need.
Hopefully, this will inspire similar projects.
via: BeddownThe trial provided beds for forty-one guests. Due to overcapacity, 9 people had to be turned away.
100% of the guests said they felt safe during their stay.
via: BeddownSecurity can really help improve someone's mental health. A place for the homeless to sleep where they can feel safe and secure can really save lives.
Norman and his team of volunteers have big plans.
via: BeddownAfter the success of the trial in Brisbane, the team at Beddown is hoping to find more vacant spaces to provide temporary sleeping solutions for the homeless.
Beddown is an inspiration.
@Qld_MHC @7NewsBrisbane What a fantastic use of space for a very worthy cause 💪👍— Young People Ahead (@Young People Ahead)1571823041.0