News

Spring message from our CEO

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We’ve been welcoming spring, by giving our crisis accommodation a much-needed refresh. Our heritage-listed building has had some tired infrastructure that we’ve needed to replace – including washing machines and dryers. Watch the full update from our CEO below.

Making spaces safe for First Nations peoples

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A disproportionately high number of people who access the Haymarket Foundation’s services identifies as being First Nations. Staff member Levii Griffiths (pictured) says being an Aboriginal worker allows for an immediate connection. What connections are key to the delivery of your program?  Clients who have Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds want to see culturally diverse staff. It means they…

Supporting the health of people experiencing homelessness

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The Haymarket Foundation has been helping support the health needs of people experiencing homelessness since the mid-1970s. While we will continue with this work through pop-up medical clinics on-site at Chippendale, unfortunately, we will be unable to proceed with a planned fit-out of the medical practice opposite Central Station. The build has been stopped for a number of reasons, including…

Collaborating on health

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Support worker Henna gets vaccinated on-site Residents at the Haymarket Foundation’s crisis accommodation facility are amongst the most marginalised and complex in terms of their health needs. Most don’t access services in the broader community. With that in mind, we are working with health partners specialising in homelessness to provide a comprehensive health service for our clients. A doctor is…

Homelessness in the spotlight

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Some bright news: Haymarket Foundation Gowan Vyse (centre) with colleagues (l-r) Belma Torres from the B Miles Women’s Foundation, Jon Swain from the City of Sydney, Shane Jakupec from Neami National and Sarah Casserly from the B Miles Women’s Foundation.  Homelessness has had some welcome attention. At the National Homelessness Conference in Canberra, the Minister for Housing and Homelessness the…

Phil’s Diner

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The Haymarket Foundation’s kitchen – otherwise known as Phil’s Diner – would not be the same without our chef of 17 years, Phil Mitchell. He is the man behind the hearty roasts, warming casseroles and delicious chicken schnitzels. Phil is dedicated to bringing good food to people experiencing homelessness who stay at our crisis accommodation facility in Chippendale. “Residents generally…

Thank you and COVID (again)

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The Haymarket Foundation’s CEO Gowan Vyse (centre) with staff. Since I started as CEO last month, I’ve been made to feel so welcome: thank you! Here at the Haymarket Foundation, we try to make people experiencing homelessness also feel like they are valued and part of something. That’s why I am writing to thank you for your incredible generosity to…

Looking at homelessness from both sides of the tracks

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I’m a proud staff member and supporter of the Haymarket Foundation. I am passionate about this work because I see myself in the eyes of the residents. You see, not so long ago, I was walking in their shoes. As a young person, I was bullied for being queer and ended up using drugs, then sleeping on trains because I…

Free glasses and eye checks

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The Haymarket Foundation’s medical practice has done ‘pop-up’ eye checks for people experiencing homelessness. Over 25 eye examinations were carried out, including at the surgery on-site in Chippendale. While Australians are entitled to free eye checks under Medicare, non-residents – including refugees – are not. The Haymarket Foundation fundraises to support people equitably, including non-residents such as *Cyril, who is…

11 years in limbo

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After almost 11 years, Deo, a refugee from Burundi, still remains in limbo. What does remain constant is his home of four years – the Haymarket Foundation’s crisis accommodation in Chippendale. “The Haymarket Foundation changed my life,” he says. “It’s been positive. While I still have problems, at least I know I have food and a place to stay.” He…