UWA students push for homelessness awareness

UWA Student Guild and not-for-profit group undARThed have teamed up during UWA’s Welfare Week to bring awareness to homelessness in WA.

undARThed support individuals homeless people by selling their art, with 50 per cent of profits going back to the artist.

Founder and project deader Tayla Byatt says that almost 10,000 West Australians are homeless, 40 per cent of home are couch surfing or sleeping in their cars.

“People are very unaware of the prevalence of homelessness,” she said.

“Most people think of the stereotypes – people sleeping on the street, alcoholics. This is what is presented in the media and we are trying to change that perception.”

A canned goods drive, a clothes swap and drop, and a sanitary items donation drive were among the other stalls raising money and awareness for homelessness in Western Australia.

UWA Guild Welfare Committee member Kelsey Gordon says one in seven university students are at risk of homelessness.

“It could be someone you are sitting next to in class, struggling to pay their rent or eat,” she says.

Gordon says half of today’s proceeds will be donated to Manna Inc, one of Perth’s largest providers of meals to the homeless and disadvantaged people of Perth.

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