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The Couch Project

There are over 44,000 young people under 25 without a home tonight.1 You can help them. Sleep on your couch and raise money to fight youth homelessness.

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What is The Couch Project?

The Couch Project is The Salvation Army’s response to youth homelessness. There are more than 44,000 young people under the age of 25 who are experiencing homelessness1 and we want to do more to help them. But we need your support. That’s why we’re asking you to spend a night on your couch and raise money for The Couch Project.

The funds raised will help provide young people experiencing homelessness with food, blankets, crisis accommodation, counselling, education, job training and support to help them get out of danger and back on their feet.

Why make it about a couch?

Of the 44,000-plus young Aussies experiencing homelessness, 3% are sleeping “rough” (on the street, in tents or improvised dwellings), while 97% are less noticeable to the public -- or “hidden”.1 For many, this includes temporarily staying with other households, or “couch surfing”. When home isn’t safe, young people turn to friends, relatives or even complete strangers for refuge where they sleep on the floor, spare mattresses or couches. If a young person’s homelessness is unrecognised and they don’t get help, they can very quickly run out of couches to sleep on; their only option then is to sleep rough.

Where does the money go?

Funds raised through The Couch Project will help The Salvation Army deliver their programs to youth experiencing homelessness. You can choose to support all our youth programs or direct your fundraising to a specific Salvo youth centre.

Here’s a few tangible ways your donations can make a difference:

  • $10 helps provide a warm, nutritious meal for a young person experiencing homelessness.
  • $28 helps children at risk of homelessness through an after-school program.
  • $107 will help provide a day’s worth of support to someone looking for long-term accommodation.

When is The Couch Project?

The official date of The Couch Project sleepover is Friday 16 September 2016. But you can host your event and collect donations anytime between July and October.

1 ABS, 2012, Census of Population and Housing: Estimating Homelessness 2011

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