Sleeping out to help young homeless people
THE IMAGE of an old man begging in a gutter is the known stereotype of homelessness, but what isn't so commonly known is so many of our youth have been thrown into this traumatizing situation.
Tonight at the church hall on Rous Road, a group of passionate citizens joined by Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell and health sector leaders will be swapping the luxury of their bed for the floor, in an attempt to raise awareness about youth homelessness.
"We are sleeping out to experience it in a way.." says George Mudford general manager of Youth Connections North Coast, in hopes to demonstrate the conditions these people are living in each get a small box of simple foods and will all be sleeping on the church hall floor.
Young people are majorly affected, with 2600 people under the age of 25 suffering from homelessness with no permanent home.
In future the group plans to get more people and businesses involved so the matter is more widely acknowledged.