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As Griffith City Council takes action to address affordable housing in the city, Mayor John Dal Broi is calling on the community to help raise awareness during Homelessness Week.

Homelessness Week is an annual week coordinated by the national peak body, Homelessness Australia, to raise awareness of people experiencing homelessness, the issues they face and the action needed to achieve enduring solutions.

This year, Homelessness Week runs from 6-12 August with the theme “Ending homelessness together’’.

A display will be set up in the centre block of Banna Avenue Griffith on Wednesday 8 August, 2018 featuring couches and useful information providing insight into how people become homeless and the challenges they face every day.

Council’s Community Development Coordinator, Peta Dummett, said the couches will be a visual reminder that homelessness can happen to anyone and that not all people experiencing homelessness are visible, many are living with relatives, friends or acquaintances, in shelters, sleeping in cars or couch surfing.

“I’d urge everyone to check out the display to find out more as we work towards ending homelessness together,” Ms Dummett said.

“There will be photo boards on display so people can see what a day in the life of a homeless person looks like.

“As a community we need to show our support of those people who find themselves homeless for whatever reason.”  

Griffith Mayor John Dal Broi is looking forward to meeting some of those on the frontline of the homelessness crisis in the city, to gain a better understanding of the issue.

“I’ve been told that more than 1400 people sought homelessness support from Linking Communities Network Ltd in the last year in Griffith and that’s a shocking number,” Cr Dal Broi said.

“Housing is a big issue, we understand that and we are looking at how it can best be addressed.

“This is something that we take seriously. Council recently received a grant for affordable housing, which will be put towards looking at what can be done.

“In addition to that we are working with a financial institution on fit for purpose housing on land at Lake Wyangan.”