A bitter cold night for rough sleepers

AWARENESS: it was a cold night for rough sleepers Mathew Griffin, Johnny Lange, Paul Berger and Inspector Sandy Green. Photo: supplied.

AWARENESS: it was a cold night for rough sleepers Mathew Griffin, Johnny Lange, Paul Berger and Inspector Sandy Green. Photo: supplied.

A Monaro region sleep out for the homeless proved to be a challenge with strong winds and bitter cold temperatures on August 8.

The people who participated in the 24-hour rough sleep-out found the experience confronting.

Sleep out participant Mathew Griffin wandered the streets in Bungendore before he caught a train to Queanbeyan, where he found a place to sleep in the chill outside. Johnny Lange wandered the streets and attended a food van before settling under an awning to sleep for the night. He woke up wet and cold. Paul Berger slept in the back of a car for the night. Inspector Sandy Green slept outside for the night and later wandered the streets of Queanbeyan attending Centrelink, Saint Benedicts and the Your Place Housing Support Service.

While the 24-hour rough sleep experience is over for the participants, homelessness is a realiy that continues every day for many people.

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