Town Square sleep-out puts homelessness in spotlight

For the second year, people will be sleeping out in the Town Square to raise awareness of homelessness tonight.

The Albany Youth Support Association, the Albany Public Library and the City of Albany are hosting the annual Albany sleep-out to raise funds and awareness for homelessness in Albany and the Great Southern.

From 5pm people are asked to experience what one in 200 Australians experience every night, with about 9595 of them living homeless in WA.

Albany Youth Support Association chief executive Rick England said the first sleep-out last year was extremely well attended, with more than 70 people sleeping out, adding he hoped the numbers would double tonight.

He said the Albany Youth Support Association has a responsibility in the community providing crisis accommodation support, early intervention and long-term transitions for young people moving out of homelessness.

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