AJ is a founding member of StreetCare. His main aim is to make sure that those people who have been homeless have a say in the way services are delivered. He has lectured at the Annual Conference of Homelessness NSW, and at Macquarie University’s Diversity Forum as well as in an article he co-wrote in Parity. AJ spoke to a Tenant’s Union event at Parliament House. AJ has also written an article for Parity about Police interaction with homeless people.
Hear AJ talk about the policing of homelessness or read the pdf version, printed in Parity, Volume 25, Issue 2, May 2012.
Ken is also a founding member of StreetCare. He has brought his 10 years of experience of living on the streets to advocate to Local, State and Federal Governments about the need for better access to crisis accommodation and affordable/social housing. Ken is a member of the NSW Premier’s Advisory Council on Homelessness, and strongly asserts that the Premier and the Minister for Community Services have a responsibility to take a leadership role in working to end homelessness. He has an exceptional ability to articulate the issues faced by homeless people to politicians and bureaucrats in a way that makes you sit up and take notice.
Mary comes from Newcastle, and provides StreetCare with an important perspective on homelessness issues for women in regional areas. Using her experience of having been homeless as a single mother in an area with few services, she effectively advocates for the needs of women and families who are in housing crisis and at risk of homelessness. Mary is a member of the NSW Premier’s Advisory Council on Homelessness, and has assisted with several StreetCare consultation projects.
Read Mary’s op-ed piece in Parity (pdf), Volume 25, Issue 4, July 2012.
Dave joined StreetCare in 2011 has been quick to engage with many of StreetCare’s projects, bringing with him the experiences and insights he has acquired from having been homeless in Western Sydney. He is particularly concerned with the need for extra services in the western suburbs, particularly specialist services for homeless people with mental illness. Dave has done consultations with homeless people who have recently left prison, and has assisted the Parramatta City Council with their annual homeless street count.
Daryl is from southern Sydney, and joined StreetCare early in 2014. He has his own experience of living on the streets for over 5 years. He is especially keen on mental issues for those sleeping rough and ensuring that they get the right help and education they need to improve their life in the future. He strongly believes that you can’t just put homeless people in four walls and a roof and think you have solved the problem.
Carol joined StreetCare in 2015. She is a proud Kamiliroi woman, who experienced homelessness for several years before she finally secured stable accommodation in public housing, which she is fighting to keep after the NSW Government announced plans to develop the area. She is a strong advocate for the need to have more social and affordable housing for Aboriginal people, and is very concerned about the difficutlies faced by Aboriginal young people.
Penny joined StreetCare in 2015, with a strong commitment to assisting other people facing homelessness to access services and to find housing. She is strongly motivated by her own experiences of being homeless with a young family, to advocate for the needs of homeless people, particularly women and families. She has been volunteering with homeless services in Western Sydney for a number of years, and is keen on working with government to develop processes and services that make it easier for homeless people to access health, housing and support services. She is particularly interested in wanting to make services more accessible for women who are forced into homelessness because of domestic violence.
Peter joined StreetCare in 2015. He is an articulate Warradjuri man who is passionate about the needs of people who come out of the prison system with no housing, no accommodation, and who fall into homelessness through the neglect of the state.
Bianca joined StreetCare in 2016. She is a young Warradjuri woman who experienced homelessness as a teenager. She is currently studying social work, and is passionate about the housing needs for homeless young people in Western Sydney.
Melissa joined StreetCare in 2014. Having experienced homelessness as a teenager, she has used her experiences as an active volunteer with a number of youth organisations in Western Sydney. Melissa was a member of the NSW Youth Advisory Council from 2012-2013, and is committed to representing young people especially, those who are homeless. Melissa has recently successfully completed her Honours in Social Work at university, and hopes to use her education to work with homelessness in the future. Melissa brings a wealth of experiences and skills to StreetCare. Melissa authored the report “They Spit at You with their Eyes – Experiences of homelessness in NSW”, which you can read here.