A charity has decided to take advantage of empty carparks at night by transforming them into pop-up homeless shelters.
Australian charity Beddown is providing a bed for the night for homeless people in an underground parking facility.
Along with a place to sleep, the guests are also provided with services from doctors, nurses, dentists, hairdressers and showers, along with meals donated from local restaurants.
Australia is no exception to the growing issue of homelessness, with 8,000 people sleeping rough every night and over 116,000 homeless, Beddown realised that something had to be done to help those in this predicament.
Beddowns find places to utilise which are empty, such an underground parking facility, and turn them into a safe, warm environment for people to sleep in.
During the trial run, they gathered statistics from the 41 guests which proved that it was a helpful way of tackling the issue of homelessness.
For example, 100% of guests said that they felt safe and secure during their stay and due to overcapacity, nine people actually had to be turned away night.
This proves that this is a system which must be implemented in lots of places.
According to 7News, Beddown has partnered up with Secure Parking, which gives them access to 600 carparks across the country.
The charity’s website says: “We are partnering with Australia’s largest car park operator, Secure Parking, who operate over 600 car parks across Australia and New Zealand.”
Founder Norman McGillivray added: “Nothing is going to stop me now to bringing Beddown to as many people across Australia as possible.”
The charity is currently seeking further funding and sponsorships as they want to take this fantastic idea nationwide. With no shortage of volunteers, there is presently a waiting list to take part. Click here to find out more.
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