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Donation helps people experiencing homelessness build a new life

Every night, roughly 1 in 200 Australians do not have a safe, secure or affordable place to call home.

Without an address to put on a resume, a bed for a good night sleep or a roof over their head, many people experiencing homelessness are stuck in a cycle of unemployment and insecurity, unable to build a new life.

To render assistance to people experiencing homelessness, The Lottery Office has made a $15,000 donation to Australian Street Aid Project’s (ASAP) start up project, Chances Furniture Store.

Chances Furniture Store will employ people experiencing homelessness and help them give a new lease on life to donated, second-hand furniture. With the help of an allocated peer support officer, Chance’s employees will upcycle, restore and renovate furniture and be paid 60 per cent of its sale price. All remaining funds will be reinvested into the initiative’s operating costs.

In 2020, The Lottery Office donated $15,000 to ASAP to support the operation of their Chances Café, which also provides employment and income opportunities to people experiencing homelessness.

Through Chances Café, ASAP has transitioned eight people directly out of homelessness, with an additional nine being assisted into employment and in stable accommodation.

The Lottery Office CEO, Jaclyn Wood, said the business was proud to support ASAP once again.

“Our $15,000 donation will help Chances Furniture Store get off the ground and secure a six-month lease for a powered workshop storefront,” Ms Wood.

“We are proud to continue supporting ASAP’s fantastic cause and we look forward to seeing the repurposed furniture become a foundation for people experiencing homelessness to rebuild their lives.”

The Lottery Office donates a percentage of the cost of every ticket sold to charities across the country, allowing the organisation to make a positive impact on the lives of everyday Australians.

The Lottery Office urges anyone interested in donating to visit the ASAP website or visit the Chances Furniture store when it opens in March 2021.