Homelessness can happen to anyone at any point in their lives.
Mark this year’s Homelessness Week by exploring different perspectives and the concepts of home and stability.
We’ve compiled a list of books that reveal the experiences of our community’s most vulnerable. Here are three of the titles included.
We are here: stories of home, place and belonging
edited by Meg Mundell
This moving collection of true stories showcases the creative talents of people who have known homelessness – whether couch-surfing, staying in a refuge, boarding house or caravan park, or sleeping rough. Too often they are dismissed or blamed. They are spoken for, and about, but rarely get to speak for themselves.
Because of you
by Pip Harry
Tiny is an eighteen-year-old girl living on the streets in Sydney, running from her small-town past. At a temporary homeless shelter she meets Nola, a high school student on volunteer placement. Both girls share their love of words through the Hope Lane writing group. Can they share their secrets, too?
Symphony for the Man
by Sarah Brill
Follow the story of two outcasts – one a young woman struggling to find her place in an alien world, one an older man seeking refuge and solace from a life in tatters. It’s a story about the transformative power of care and friendship, and the promise of escape that music holds.
Find out more
For details on these titles and more Homelessness Week reading suggestions, see our full reading list.
Some titles on this list are currently on loan, meaning you may need to go on a waitlist before being able to access them.
We believe all Melburnians deserve access to safe and affordable housing. That’s why we’re committed to reducing homelessness in our city.