When Safe Shelter ACT closed last Saturday for this winter, its 161 volunteers had provided emergency shelter for 95 homeless men for a total of 743 “guest nights” in the 23 weeks it was open (see the attached statement and graph). In contrast, in 2017 Safe Shelter volunteers looked after about 60 guests for a total of 381 “guest nights”, with the three shelters open only Mondays to Fridays.
Two messages are clear from this first experience of having Safe Shelter open every night in the inner city:
- there is a great need for immediate, walk-in shelter for the ACT’s homeless every night; and
- the follow-on arrangements, to get people out of homelessness and into permanent accommodation, are disjointed and often ineffective.
Keep up to date on Safe Shelter’s ministry at https://www.facebook.com/safeshelteract/