Listen: Orange Sky cofounder Lucas Patchett talks with Laura Bennett about homelessness in Australia and the Sudsy Challenge
Those experiencing homelessness in our community aren’t just those living rough on the streets, but also who continually couch surf, live in crisis accommodation or who’ve been evicted due to family disfunction or violence.
This Homelessness Week, Australian charity Orange Sky is drawing attention to “invisible” homelessness. Those in our country who struggle to find safe accommodation everyday, with new research revealing the staggering impact of homelessness on our population.
One in five Australians have experienced homelessness at some point in their lives, Orange Sky discovered – with the challenges of the past 12 months seeing 43 per cent of Australians experiencing financial and social difficulties at least once within the year.
Lucas Patchett is the cofounder of Orange Sky, and told Hope 103.2 how we can help those experiencing homelessness this year through their Sudsy Challenge – keeping the same clothes on for three days, talking about homelessness, and raising funds and awareness to help Orange Sky support people doing it tough.
Orange Sky, an Australian charity that provides those experiencing homeless with access to warm showers, clean clothes and non-judgmental conversations.
Join the Sudsy Challenge here.
Listen to the full interview with Orange Sky’s Lucas Patchett in the player above.