The program supports those living on the streets and/or in cars; who may be struggling with past trauma, mental health issues, illness, poverty, long-term unemployment, those exiting prison and young people exiting state care.
Harcourts Tasmania, through the latest round of Harcourts Foundation grants, has contributed $10,000 to the Salvation Army to help people who are sleeping rough, through its ‘Street to Home’ program.
Harcourts Launceston Director Jeremy Wilkinson made the cheque presentation and said the grant was funded through the Harcourts Foundation, a charitable arm of Harcourts that donates to charities serving the communities where employees live and work.
“If we can help out a little bit, especially at this time of year, then that’s what we want to do,” Mr Wilkinson said.
“We’re here to better our community, so it is truly wonderful to be able to support local charities who help out those that are the most vulnerable in our communities.”
“And it’s great that every cent will go towards helping Tasmanian residents who need it most.”
The Salvation Army Street to Home (S2H) program reaches out to those experiencing or facing homelessness to address the barriers to finding a home.
The S2H program supports those living on the streets and/or in cars; who may be struggling with past trauma, mental health issues, illness, poverty, long term unemployment; those exiting prison and young people exiting state care.
Many of those supported by S2H would never have had the confidence or resources to walk into an office, call a service or access other avenues of assistance.
Salvation Army Launceston Business Manager James Gray said the demand for the Salvation Army’s services had grown substantially in the past year.
“There’s definitely been an increase in the need for our services,” he said.
“This is a substantial amount of money that will significantly support the work we do here.”
Harcourts Tasmania CEO Tony Morrison said the Harcourts Foundation “is funded through the contributions from the Harcourts team members in each state”.
“So regional grants like this literally come from locals to locals,” he said.
With supporting the Street to Home program, Harcourts Tasmania and the Harcourts Foundation, through the Salvation Army, will be able to help those very locals who are sleeping rough.