Support DR in the Sleepout for Homelessness

28 October 2020

DR will again ‘sleep out’ this year, helping to raise funds which support women and children who are homeless or at risk.

The UQ Architecture ‘Sleepout for Homelessness’ is on Friday 6 November and the DR team is ready to contribute. The Covid-save event will raise funds for the Second Chance Programme, an independent not-for-profit organisation focused on raising funds for women and children who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness. This year DR has set a fundraising target of $3000. In 2019 we raised $4,035 via 54 generous donations.

Can you help us in 2020? We know times are challenging, but if you’re able, please dig deep for a good cause. To learn more and donate, click here.

WHAT IS THE SLEEPOUT RAISING FUNDS FOR?

The UQ Architecture Sleepout for Homelessness raises funds for the Second Chance Programme. Second Chance provide direct financial support to organisations predominantly in Sth East Queensland that help women and their children who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Their goal is to provide these people with comfortable housing and appropriate services to help them regain control of their lives. It has been a challenging year with Covid-19 lockdowns. While Second Chance’s fundraising and events have been largely curtailed, the other side of their work – funding projects, supporting shelters and writing cheques – has been increasingly in demand. Studies and news reports have indicated that there has been a spike in mental health problems and domestic violence with so many under pressure as a result of job losses (particularly in hospitality, tourism, arts and casual roles), social isolation, etc. These kinds of scenarios mean the vulnerable are in ever more vulnerable situations. Developing more social and affordable housing is really key to these issues, and is an area that DR is passionate about.

DR’s HISTORY IN HOUSING

Housing is core to our design practice. One of the first projects Deicke Richards worked on was the Zig Zag Young Women’s Resource Centre in Camp Hill – still functional today. Founding Directors, Eloise Atkinson and Peter Richards are both Churchill Fellows who have studied international examples of innovation in affordable housing and the practice continues to engage with and learn from emerging models around the world. For over 20 years we have contributed to design, documentation, policy, design guidelines, research and advocacy – working with government and community housing providers – and we are dedicated to continuing our work in these areas. Two of our recent housing projects are the Joyce Wilding Hostel (which provides short-to-medium term accommodation for women and their children), and a small, sustainable Community Village concept design in a regional area to address housing affordability and new housing models for people living on lower incomes.