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What is the Human Power Project?

A new Hunter based project is asking the people of the Hunter to show their support and get involved in a range of initiatives to tackle homelessness in the region. Human Power is a people driven brand, the brainchild of two Hunter business women, Being More Human Founder, Michelle Crawford and UQ Power CEO, Heidi Alexandra Pollard.

“The reality of homelessness in the Hunter region is far beyond what many of us think,” Michelle Crawford said. “While there are a number of organisations locally that are helping homeless people, many are in competition for funding or are extremely stretched for resources that they can only focus on what’s in front of them. What we hope to do with Human Power is create a broader, more cooperative discussion, inspired by the voices of those who actually live rough every night.”


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According to Wikipedia, human power is work or energy that is produced from the human body. It can also refer to the power of a human. Power comes primarily from muscles, but body heat is also used to do work like warming shelters, food, or other humans.

The Human Power Homelessness Project aims to harness the power of people through several initiatives. The first Forum was held on the World Peace Day, 21 September 2016 where:

1. Community services, not-for-profits, business leaders, politicians, government bodies and residents of the Hunter were invited to register and attend a facilitated forum from 5.30 – 9.30pm at The Lock Up in Newcastle to be part of a strategic discussion about what can be done across the region to tackle this complex issue.

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2. Families and people of the Hunter were invited to show their unity by being part of the #sleeproughathome campaign on the evening and post photos of themselves sleeping on their lounge room floor or back yard as a conversation starter with their loved ones. 


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Several cities around the world have already eradicated homelessness in their communities, we think that’s a possibility for the Hunter as well,” said Heidi Alexandra. “Research shows it costs around $100,000 for services per homeless person per annum. In comparison it costs only around $20,000 pa to provide them with a home. Plus a home is the first step in them then being able to tackle other aspects of their life such as addiction, mental health and education.”

“It has been really heartening that the many conversations Heidi and I have had in the lead up to this initiative with people from around the Hunter that everyone has been very supportive and interested,” Michelle said.

“One such conversation was with Jennifer O’Sullivan, Executive Manager at Path to Change who also shares our vision that we could make the Hunter Region the region with the lowest rate of homelessness in Australia.”

The Human Power initiative is being launched in August the birthday month of both Michelle (29 August) and Heidi (8 August) as their birthday gift to the region which they live, work and love.

“We are launching the initiative on my birthday and in Homelessness Week 2016, we want to encourage everyone in the region to recognise that those experiencing homelessness are a valuable part of our society and must be supported,” Heidi Alexandra said.

The Human Power Project on homelessness is the first of several that Human Power aims to hold to create a new broader conversation around a number of the United Nation’s Global Goals. Heidi and Michelle want to encourage everyone to think global, act local.

For more information on other activities happening for Homelessness Week Australia visit http://www.homelessnessaustralia.org.au/index.php/events/hpw 

For more information on the Human Power Project visit  www.humanpower.com.au

For more information on the United Nations Global Goals visit http://www.globalgoals.org/










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