Do you have a spare rug or jacket in your cupboard?
With winter approaching and Newcastle in the grips of a housing crisis, donations of winter woollies are being sought for the city’s homelessness services.
The office of state MP Tim Crakanthorp will now be a collection point for contributions of new socks, beanies, gloves, coats and blankets, which will be distributed to Nova for Women and Children, Jenny’s Place Domestic Violence and Homelessness Service, and the Matthew Talbot Homeless Service.
Additionally, Matthew Talbot is seeking donations of men’s shoes.
With Newcastle’s residential rental vacancy currently the lowest of the state’s major cities at just 0.7%, as per the Real Estate Institute of NSW’s latest survey, and local homelessness services describing the situation as the worst they’ve ever seen, Mr Crakanthorp said he had been approached by community members looking for ways to help.
“I’ve had quite a few enquiries about what people can do to assist,” he explained.
“And, after speaking with the services they’ve expressed that they will find these winter items useful.
“It may seem like a small gesture in the big scheme of things.
“But, these items will help both people without housing and those who have secured properties but find them poorly-insulated or draughty.”
Donations can be taken to Mr Crakanthorp’s office at 414 Hunter Street, Newcastle, between 9am and 4.30pm on weekdays until the end of May.
NSW Labor has also introduced legislation to the NSW Parliament to end “no grounds” evictions and called for the NSW Government to increase investment in social and affordable housing in Newcastle.