With no end in sight to Australia’s homelessness crisis, one charity is taking an innovative approach to housing people in need — a pop-up shelter.
Uniting Care has repurposed one of its out-of-use aged care homes that is awaiting demolition into a temporary home for women aged 45 and over, who are making up a growing proportion of the homeless population.
Uniting’s director of property and housing, Simon Furness, said the inner-Sydney building would otherwise be lying vacant while awaiting demolition, planned for early next year.
“We’ve all seen pop-ups all over the place — pop-up bars, pop-up restaurants and clothes outlets and shoe outlets,” he said.
“Those are pop-ups for a commercial purpose, why not have pop-ups for a social purpose?”
Mr Furness said it did not take too much work to make 30 rooms in the building fit for use. They just needed a good clean and for the utilities to remain connected.
They were furnished using second-hand items from a major hotel chain that was having a cleanout.
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