On any given night in Australia 105,000 people are homeless.
Of those, 6,314 are sleeping rough.
And 1,073 of those are under 12.
At sleepbus we have a simple focus; provide safe overnight accommodation to those sleeping rough in Australia. Our accommodation is not a long term solution; we don’t offer counseling; we don’t provide money; we don’t provide the Ritz.
What we do provide is a comfortable and safe place to sleep for the night. We leave the long term solutions and counseling to the many other organisations already doing this vital work. We just want people off the street, where they can enjoy a long nights sleep in safety; we believe, that a safe nights sleep is vital to finding pathways out of homelessness.
sleepbus is distinct, yet complementary to existing efforts from other organisations supporting Australians experiencing, or at risk of homelessness. Our work aims to fill a ‘gap’, rather than overlapping or replicating activities that support the urgent needs of people in Australia.
Sleep plays a vital role in good health and wellbeing; and getting enough quality sleep can help protect a person’s mental and, physical health, and ultimately their safety. For those sleeping rough, getting a good nights sleep is virtually impossible and can contribute to long-term homelessness and more.
Sleep deficiency can harm a person’s mental health over time; Low self-esteem, social isolation, and the exacerbation or development of specific mental health disorders including schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Sleep deficiency can harm a person’s physical health over time. For example, ongoing sleep deficiency can raise the risk for some chronic health problems such as, Diabetes, Heart Health, Breathing Problems and Breast Cancer.
Many sleeping on the street are subjected to terrible weather, harassment, bullying, being robbed and worse. Those sleeping on the street also run a high risk of drug and alcohol abuse, further affecting their safety and wellbeing.