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Something we really value at Blessing Bags is awareness raising in the form of education. Part of the work we do is making people aware of issues in our society and how they can make a difference. Some of these key issues include: people experiencing homelessness, domestic violence, people struggling in low socioeconomic areas and asylum seekers and refugee settlement.

 

This section of our website will include both opinion and informative pieces on these issues. Our hope is that people will read these pieces, learn something new and be inspired to do something.

November 16, 2020

All of us are guilty at looking at other people’s problems and thinking ‘that would never be me’ or if ‘I was in that position, I could handle it better’. We often perceive other people’s problems in neat packages with easy solutions. Why? Because it is easier to live...

September 28, 2020

The Jobkeeper and Jobseeker payments have supported many Australians doing it tough during this COVID-19 period. With the $550 fortnightly Jobseeker supplement added to the Newstart payment, welfare recipients had gone from receiving $574 to $1,100 per fortnight. In an...

August 9, 2020

The announcement of stage 4 lockdown coinciding with national homelessness week has put the spotlight on the gaping holes of Australia’s housing system. 

Even before COVID-19, almost 120,000 people were homeless in Australia every night, and the onset of the second wave...

July 5, 2020

On Saturday July 4, 3000 residents in 9 Public Housing Estates across Flemington, Kensington and North Melbourne were placed on immediate lock-down with little notice and with a heavy police presence. 

500 police have been stationed on every floor of the towers from 4pm...

June 5, 2020

On June 4 2020 the Federal Government announced the HomeBuilder scheme will provide all eligible homeowners with a grant of $25,000 to build a new home or substantially renovate an existing home until December 31 2020. 

Home owners are subject to eligibility criteria, i...

May 31, 2020

Blessing Bags is committed to ensuring our volunteers and clients are safe from covid-19. Since the beginning of the outbreak we have been proactive in adopting covid-safe practices to ensure we can continue to provide bags while our volunteers are in safe environments...

April 16, 2020

Since our last update, both Federal and State Governments have announced numerous financial packages to support Australians during the crisis. Here’s the latest on rental and housing initiatives in Victoria.

Rental moratorium announced

Since the Federal Government announ...

March 23, 2020

With toilet paper shortages and panic buying leaving soup kitchens short of supply, Victoria’s most vulnerable have already been hit hard due to the COVID-19 outbreak. With thousands of Australians jobless because of the virus, they’re grappling with months of financia...

June 5, 2019

Content warning: Death, violence against women 

Courtney Herron's Vigil, Image curtesy of Jason Edwards and the Herald Sun 

In late May, Melbourne woke up to the news that another woman lost her life at the hands of a man.

She was found just 2km away from the place wher...

February 5, 2019

Amongst the joy of the New Year, there are a handful of reports of the ongoing criminalisation of people experiencing homeless. In Queensland, a man seeking shelter at a bus station was fined $652 for ‘illegally camping’. Instead of directing the man to a safe space, h...

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