For some people, restrictions put in place to combat the COVID-19 pandemic have meant they no longer work in an office or are able to catch up with friends at the pub on the weekend.
But for the almost 120,000 Australians who have insecure or no housing to go to each night, these restrictions have added another complexity to already difficult circumstances.
“Vulnerable Australians are following the rules and being compliant with things like mask wearing.” – Nick Pearce
CEO and co-founder of social enterprise HoMie Nick Pearce says many people experiencing homelessness are already behind others before the hard social shutdown begins.
“It’s an uphill battle," Nick says. "These people were already doing it tough but now it’s even tougher.”
Founded in 2016, HoMie is a streetwear label which provides training pathways for vulnerable young Australians and regularly runs VIP shopping days where young people are welcomed into the store to shop complimentary brand-new HoMie garments and beauty services.
“What a lot of people don’t realise is that vulnerable Australians are following the rules and being compliant with things like mask wearing,” Nick explains. “It’s such a shame that their character is often misrepresented.”