MORE than $10,000 was raised for homelessness projects in the Fairfield area recently when Fairfield-Liverpool Housing Taskforce held its Night Under the Stars charity event at Fairfield High School.
The event, which was held during Homeless Week on August 9 and 10, aimed to raise awareness of homelessness in the Fairfield local government area, as well as raising funds for projects to tackle the problem.
Hume Community Housing Association's sustainable communities co-ordinator Jason Newton said more than 100 people signed up for the event to get an understanding of what it is like to be homeless.
"It's an opportunity to raise awareness that many people including children and families sleep rough every night in our community," he said. "People sleep in challenging circumstances from storage containers, cars, in parks and on the street.
"More than 100,000 sleep rough each night in Australia."
Participants were provided with cardboard to sleep on, a cup of soup and bread, as well as live entertainment during the night.
Mr Newton said attendees listened to stories from people about their experience of homelessness and an auction was held in a bid to help raise funds.
"Through economic hardship, loss of employment, family breakdown, loss of health, anyone could find themselves facing homelessness," he said.
"Homelessness happens in Fairfield and Hume CHA works with people experiencing homelessness — supporting over 45 people on a daily basis through our homeless services."