“Homelessness is a loss of a sense of security, stability, privacy, safety or the ability to control your living space.” – ABS
The Underground Collaborative exists to create employment and housing solutions for the homeless, at-risk and disadvantaged, through collaborating with relevant industries, the government, social services, and our community.
We plan on addressing homelessness in 3 ways:
Our first beachhead strategy is our coffee cart, Grounded, which will train and employ those most marginalised to become baristas, and provide supportive pathways for transition into mainstream employment.
We believe employment can help to break the cycle of homelessness by providing people with the necessary income, self-esteem, and sense of community connection. This will consequently enable them to access and, importantly, to maintain stable housing.
We are passionate about breaking stigmas, and raising awareness throughout our community.
We believe education is a contributing catalyst for change in breaking the societal taboos – when we understand, we connect. When we connect we are more compassionate. We have a greater awareness and are able to communicate with those in need, but also with the wider community to generate a circular economy of knowledge.
We have a vision which sees empowering our wider community, to empower those less fortunate. Through supporting our initiatives, our community are able to connect to the cause, and see the visible benefits they’re making to someone’s life.
When we empower others, we ultimately empower ourselves.
Through all of the above, we believe these small acts will lead to ripples and waves of change. Our community will feel inspired to take action, to collaborate and work together to help break the cycles of homelessness.