“People’s lives are more important than the bottom line”

StreetCare’s Dave says that after his business went bust he was forced into an itinerant life, moving from place to place, looking for work, and moving from boarding houses to rough sleeping.

Asked what he would say to another homeless person in his position he says: ‘Don’t hang back and don’t be quiet.’

Dave’s story is the latest instalment of In Their Words, which is a digital project from the Homeless Persons’ Legal Service and its consumer advisory group, StreetCare.

The project presents a series of short videos in which StreetCare members talk about their experiences. The stories reflect the diversity of homelessness in NSW and point to the benefits of involving homeless consumers in advocacy, training and service design. 

The videos have been distributed to Housing NSW, NSW Police and Legal Aid NSW. StreetCare thanks the law firm Maddocks, Something in Common, and the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW for their support. 

Listen to Dave’s story here.

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