Demand for Food and Housing Hits ‘Crisis Point’

Demand for food and housing has hit “crisis point” in Australia, with a mobile website connecting people in need with basic services reaching one million searches in little more than two years.

Ask Izzy is an online tool to tackle homelessness, which was created by Infoxchange – in partnership with Google, REA Group and News Corp Australia – to help the high proportion of homeless people across the country who own a smartphone.

The tool was launched by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in January 2016, and it was revealed on Thursday the website has now received more than one million searches.

However Infoxchange CEO David Spriggs, told Pro Bono News that this was no cause for celebration.

“On one hand we think it’s great that the website is being used and has had over one million searches,” Spriggs said.

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