Federal Member for Dobell Emma McBride will be among 60 people sleeping rough on Friday night to raise funds and awareness of homelessness on the Central Coast.
Ms McBride will take part in the Million Star Executive Sleepout at Glenworth Valley, organised by Coast Shelter, which hopes to raise $60,000 for its community centre.
“In Australia, everyone should have a home, but homelessness is an issue of growing concern on the Coast,” Ms McBride said.
“On 2016 Census night, there were 1,000 people who were homeless on the Coast, an increase of more than a third since 2011.
“We have pockets in our community around Wyong and Gosford where homelessness is twice the state average. This is something that demands our urgent attention. Our young people are particularly vulnerable.
“Coast Shelter helps people across the Coast every day by providing emergency housing and services to those who are homeless, and the Million Star Executive Sleepout on August 10 will provide much-needed funds for their community centre.
“A Shorten Labor Government will make addressing homelessness a priority.
“We have already committed to developing a national plan to reduce homelessness through the Council of Australian Governments, and providing $88 million over two years for a new Safe Housing Fund to increase transitional housing options for vulnerable groups such as people fleeing domestic violence, young people leaving out-of-home care, and older women,” Ms McBride said.