As 2021 comes to a close, we’re spending another Christmas in the midst of a pandemic. While many of us have undoubtedly been affected, Hong Kong’s homeless have also suffered from the pandemic. According to a recent study by ImpactHK and other non-profits, there has been a 20 per cent increase in the number of homeless in Hong Kong due to the pandemic. Now as winter approaches and the temperature drops, they are the most likely to be affected.
To help with this, ImpactHK—a non-profit helping Hong Kong’s homeless—is launching a crowdsourcing campaign for both short and long-term help for people experiencing homelessness. It aims not to only support their accommodation but also to help them get back on their feet and into long term employment. With a target of HK$1,000,000 from now until December 24, people can donate directly via SparkRaise, with all proceeds going directly to the charity. The target is an increase from last year’s HK$300,000.
“We believe that everyone should have a place to call home—safe housing is a basic human right. But every night in Hong Kong hundreds of people are sleeping on the streets, as the temperatures drop”, says Jeff Rotmeyer, founder and CEO of ImpactHK. “Last year unemployment was at a 16 year high, and now we are seeing the knock-on effects, with more people outside due to covid—as well as more women than ever before,” he adds.