"A Home for Everyone" Challenge Set

 04 August 2017

One of Wodonga’s large employers, North East Water, will set a challenge for other employers to join, when it launches a regular giving opportunity for staff on Tuesday, 8 August to mark national Homelessness Week.

BeyondHousing CEO, Celia Adams and North East Water’s Managing Director, Craig Heiner said ‘A Home for Everyone’ is a simple way to enable employees to contribute directly from their fortnightly pay to raise funds for housing initiatives in the region.

Homelessness Week is being marked around Australia from 7 to 13 August to highlight the increasing number of Australians who are at risk of homelessness, including in the north east region.

Ms Adams said 1193 people who were homeless or at risk of becoming homeless sought assistance at BeyondHousing’s Wodonga office last financial year.

“This is a 10% increase on the previous year and 36% of these people came with children. Almost half (49%) of those seeking help were single,” she said.

“As the figures show, there is more and more demand, so we are delighted to launch our giving program and have North East Water as the first organisation from government and business to support it. Every little bit helps and by working together as a regional community we have a better chance of achieving more understanding and support for people who are facing housing difficulties,” she said.

Mr Heiner said North East Water has a role to support organisations dealing with issues that affect the region.

“We are proud to partner with BeyondHousing on this. It’s a simple process to set-up and gives us and our staff an opportunity to raise awareness of homelessness in our area and contribute to a solution that produces ‘A Home for Everyone’,” he said.

“BeyondHousing is the largest affordable housing and homelessness service in the region. We manage over 700 properties and provide support services to more than 5000 people annually, from Seymour through to Wodonga and Shepparton to Myrtleford,” Ms Adams said.

Money donated through the ‘A Home for Everyone’ campaign goes directly into service delivery or toward house building projects. BeyondHousing does not use the money for overheads. If your organisation would like to offer the workplace giving program ‘A Home for Everyone’, for your employees, please contact Laura Harris, Business Development Manager at BeyondHousing.