Brendan - National Homelessness Week, 2017

A continuing series of posts during National Homelessness Week, 2017 to highlight the burgeoning crisis of homelessness in Sydney and across the country.

According to Homelessness Australia, there are over 100,000 men, women and children without permanent shelter. It is expected that these official numbers only scratch the surface of the real situation.

The photos below show Brendan, an elderly but exuberant man who has lived on the streets of Sydney for many years. More recently, he has found accomodation in Maroubra, but still finds time to visit the 27/7 Street Kitchen and Safe Space in Martin Place. The space was set up and is operated by homeless people themselves.

Today, a tentative agreement with the City of Sydney Council was reached, to create a permanent site to accomodate these people. Until that rehousing takes place, the Safe Space will continue to operate as it has been for the last 8 months.