In a unique twist on the old coals to Newcastle adage a group of Sydney Homeless People have started offering their own inimitable brand of homestay- The chance to immerse oneself in a “Homeless for a Day” experience. 

The promoters aim to ensure that the only difference for each client, is that the client has their other life to return to, homeless people don’t. Guides are all experienced long term street residents, you might say the most proficient survivors in this urban jungle. Clients get to experience all the dizzying highs and harrowing lows, the long cold nights in a warts and all experience “as it really is.” 

  The project is seen both as providing temporary personal empowerment for the guide, a real life Sydney Homeless person, as well as advancing the general communitys awareness of and responsiveness to homeless issues. The service will provide opportunities also for students of social sciences, government employees and especially spokespeople for the many poverty industry operators to gain some first hand experience of one area of marginalisation which they claim to represent.

 Early interest though,has been from the tourism sector with travellers from Ireland, Sweden and Holland the first clients. 3 on the first day is not at all a bad effort. More bookings in the pipeline, we hear.

 24 hour escorted “Homeless for a Day” Experience Packages may be booked via us, at our email, or via their advertised contacts below;  

http://sydney.gumtree.com.au/c-Community-travel-travel-partners-Homeless-For-A-Day-W0QQAdIdZ132439609 

 

All revenues raised from “Homeless for a Day” Experiences are paid directly to the actual homeless guide, no fees are charged by any organisation, in line with the policies of  Homeless and Community Direct, their support group.  

Homeless and Community Direct also channel jobs (mainly casual at this stage) and other homeless self help initiatives which will be announced as they are facilitated,we’re told. Their objective is to eliminate the middlemen an objective we fully support.

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