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Street Creatives: The dark horses of Sydney’s art scene

By LUCINDA GARBUTT-YOUNG An acoustic melody travels through Central Station’s commuter tunnel. Further along, a steady accordion hums while the player slouches into conversation with invisible visitors. These patterns repeated themselves on the way to Jai Jaru’s house; a simple yellow place in one of Sydney’s social housing precincts. Jai is proud of this humble […]

Community comes together through crisis to support rough sleepers

By ALLISON HORE The extreme weather hitting NSW has led to severe damage, flooding and disruptions across Sydney this weekend. But two Newtown businesses have come together to make the best of the bad situation and help out those in need. Heavy rainfall on Friday caused “catastrophic electrical failure” at Lloyd’s IGA in Newtown, meaning […]

COVID-19 driving women’s homelessness

By RIDA BABAR As society recovers from the impacts of COVID-19 over the past year, some secondary impacts continue to linger. With the approach of International Women’s Day, it is relevant to discuss one of the most pressing issues for women currently, and for past generations: women’s homelessness. The peak of the pandemic in 2020 […]

The unexplored link between homelessness and boredom

By LIAM WEBSTER Boredom is the most curious universal experience. At some point in our lives, we all get bored. Some people become frustrated, some overeat, others find creative outputs. You might even be bored right now. We often take boredom for granted because there are limitless outlets to channel our time into.  But what […]

The man with no face

By MARK MORDUE “What’s going on here?” a middle-aged man asks. He stands at the table set up by Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) outside Addi Road’s Food Pantry Marrickville. I tell him we are helping put together Christmas cards from people who are unemployed and battling, to send them to Australian politicians. On […]

Free face masks for the needy

By ALLISON HORE More than 20,000 face masks are being distributed to some of Sydney’s most vulnerable people in a move the City of Sydney hopes will minimise further outbreaks of COVID-19. Although masks are not mandatory in NSW, they are “strongly recommended” in indoor settings where physical distancing is hard to maintain.  NSW Chief […]

Social housing solution to homelessness

By ALLISON HORE According to new interactive heat maps showing the problem of homelessness across NSW, Sydney is the electorate in fourth most need of social housing. Timed to coincide with the launch of Homelessness Week on Monday, the maps created by Homelessness Australia and Everybody’s Home show the number of people without a home […]

App to give a helping hand to the homeless

By ALLISON HORE Waverley Council rangers have begun using an “innovative” free app to help rough sleepers and, in the lead up to homelessness week, are encouraging the general public to get involved.  The app was launched 12 months ago by Sydney based entrepreneur Alexandra Tselios and The Jewish House CEO, Rabbi Mendel Kastel. It […]

The Big Issue with Covid-19

By JOHN MOYLE Even in the pre-Covid hustle and bustle of city life, the one sight that was welcomed and we always had time for was our local The Big Issue vendor. Along with much of our city life, The Big Issue retailer has been missing from the landscape for around three months as more […]

Not-for-profit realty success

By VERONICA ANASSIS Bridge Housing has managed to house hundreds of homeless, two years after receiving $100,000 from City of Sydney to boost affordable rental housing. Since receiving the start-up funding, Bridge Housing launched HomeGround Real Estate in 2018, to meet the shortage of affordable housing in Sydney and end homelessness. One year on, the […]