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BaptistCare Sign Pledge To End Homelessness In The Hunter Region

The latest 2016 Census figures, released by the ABS in March, show homelessness rates are on the rise, up 12% in the Hunter since the last Census.

In April 2018, Rob Ellis, BaptistCare General Manager for HopeStreet Community Services, signed the pledge to end homelessness in the Hunter as another step for the organisation, which has been active in the Hunter region for decades and playing its part in helping to reduce homelessness.

“Our BaptistCare HopeStreet Community Centres in Mayfield, Windale and Wallsend are supporting people who are struggling with homelessness or at risk of homelessness, as well with addiction, mental health and legal issues, and diminished employment opportunities,” said Mr Ellis.

BaptistCare HopeStreet acknowledges that homelessness is one of Australia’s most urgent and complex social issues. In addition to its HopeStreet locations, BaptistCare also runs a street van in Newcastle’s inner city on most weekends, offering free meals, tea and coffee, cold drinks, clothing, blankets and referral services.

The pledge is an initiative of the region’s Big Ideas Homelessness Network. Organisations or local residents wishing to sign the Pledge should visit https://bigideashomelessnessnetwork.org/the-pledge

To support the work of HopeStreet you can donate at www.hopestreet.org.au/donate/