LOCAL resident and BeyondHousing’s CEO, Celia Adams has been named the winner of the prestigious Beth Thomson Lifetime Achievement Award in the Victorian Homelessness Achievement Awards.
The award recognises an individual who, over the course of their career, has demonstrated commitment and leadership in the provision of effective and empowering responses to homelessness in Victoria.
Celia said, “My hope is through continued lobbying and advocacy for appropriate services and funding, that all of us who work in the homelessness sector can be done out of a job in my lifetime. And that I won’t have to explain homelessness to my son, or talk to him about how unfair, unjust and unnecessary homelessness is in this country.
“I believe most Australians don’t understand the fundamental causes of homelessness and I am committed to raising awareness of homelessness and its impact on individuals, families and the broader community.
“Regional services are struggling to meet demand as there is an inflow of people seeking employment and affordable housing whilst at the same time family violence, alcohol and drugs, and mental health issues are as prevalent in regional areas, as in metropolitan Australia.”