How Marshall White is helping to end homelessness with Launch Housing
Marshall White and Launch Housing have joined together because of our shared belief that housing is a basic human right, and everyone deserves a home.
At Marshall White, we believe very strongly in giving back to the communities that we love and doing our part to help those in need. With this in mind, we’re delighted to announce our new partnership through the Marshall White Foundation with Launch Housing, an independent organisation based in Melbourne that is passionately committed to ending homelessness.
Launch Housing began in 2015, and now provides support to people experiencing homelessness all around Melbourne through a range of services including advocacy, providing high quality housing, and offering support, education and employment services, thanks to over 400 staff over 14 locations across Melbourne.
Marshall White and Launch Housing have joined together because of our shared belief that housing is a basic human right, and everyone deserves a home. ‘We live in one of the wealthiest societies in the world, yet there is an undercurrent of desperation and need hidden from our everyday view,’ says Marshall White director James Connell.
‘The Marshall White Foundation is very proud to be partnering with Launch Housing to provide assistance where a helping hand can really make a huge difference to the lives of others.’
In particular, the Marshall White Foundation will support Launch Housing to provide immediate financial assistance to women and children at risk or currently experiencing homelessness, as a result of issues including domestic violence, unemployment and illness.
With the support of the Marshall White Foundation, Launch Housing will be able to help women and children to access suitable alternative housing or maintain their current private rental, in order to prevent homelessness before these people become stuck in a damaging and traumatic cycle of crisis.
‘By working together, we will not only provide immediate assistance to women in need, but we can galvanize our community into action.’
‘Together, we will help women and families at risk of or experiencing homelessness, improve their situations and find stable housing,’ says Launch Housing chief executive Bevan Warner. ‘By working together, we will not only provide immediate assistance to women in need, but we can galvanise our community into action.’
‘Widespread change in perceptions – that homelessness is not an individual’s fault, and it’s also fixable – is what’s needed to reshape a future where everyone is housed and no one is left behind.’
After a difficult year brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, supporting people experiencing homelessness is more important than ever.
‘The pandemic has brought more sharply into focus how important home is, and the ability to retreat or isolate for your own safety, often an impossibility for those experiencing homelessness,’ explains Launch Housing initial assessment and planning coordinator Leila Keating.
At Marshall White, we’re conscious that we have a platform and can raise awareness to help reduce the stigma women and children face every day around homelessness. To find out more about Launch Housing and their work, visit their website.
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