Backpack Beds save lives

Our Homeless Welfare Agency Partner network stretches across the world. Our operation is based in Australia but the success of the Backpack Bed program has also spread to New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Germany and USA.

Australia

 

Over 400 Welfare Agency Partners – Australia Wide

The Backpack Bed is used as emergency relief bedding for homeless without shelter by over 400 homeless services across Australia. Currently the demand outweighs fundraising. Conservatively, 40,878 will sleep on Australian streets this year (ABS 2011).

RosiesBackpack Beds fit the missing gap to save homeless” Troy Bailey, GM Rosies 

Welfare Agency Partner locations

VIC NSW QLD WA SA NT / TAS / ACT
41% 32% 14% 7% 4% 3%
Homeless Services Offered
Crisis Accommodation Food / Meals Mental Health Outreach Primary Health Drop in centers Emergency Relief Drug & alcohol Info & referral Counseling

Who has received Backpack Beds

Male Female
87% 13%
Age Group
18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+
8% 26% 36% 21% 8% 1%
  • 100% have been assessed by a welfare professional to confirm Backpack Bed eligibility – only when no shelter or accommodation is available.
  • 84% were already sleeping on the street prior to getting a Backpack Bed.
  • 92% expect to still be sleeping on the street in 1 weeks time.
  • 20% are Aboriginal/Torres straight islander.
  • 10% are migrants.

How Backpack Beds Help – feedback from the homeless recipients.

Homeless state Backpack Beds improve their:
Health 74% “protect me from illness” “help with warmth so I don’t get sicker”
Comfort 72% “ Stay dry” “keep the heat in winter” “keep me out of rough weather”
Safety 57% “much easier to transport than other bedding” “great to have a bag that I can put some of my stuff in”
Sleep 65% “sleep better” “good nights sleep”
Dignity 51% “Improve how I see myself” “independence”
Self Esteem 23% “I was depressed but now I have a bed” “reduce stress” “peace of mind”

Backpack Bed street sleeping homeless comments.

“This is the third time I have been on the streets and previously I didn’t even have a blanket… You make a big difference in the lives of people like me.” Matt “I was depressed but now I have a bed. Very much appreciated.” Dale “I have a bed I can carry rather than looking like a crazy person with a blanket.” Peter “I’ll have a good sleep. everyone deserves a comfy sleep.” Natasha “Wow. Ohh my God thankyou. You don’t realize what this means to me.” Trudy “Things like this make life easier” Damien “Beats sleeping outside (with) just what you’re wearing” Paul “Better than a tent and easier to carry around” Linda “No more wet nights out for me!” Julia

Homeless Welfare Agency Partners – want as many as they can get.

“Handing our kids one of these Backpack Beds rather than turn them away empty handed (from shelters) will help us to connect with them and increase the likelihood of them returning back to us where we will be able to offer help”. Major Paul Moulds, Salvation Army “We believe every rough sleeper in Melbourne and Australia should have access to this form of humane crisis bedding … and made available at crisis accommodation services across the country” St. Vincent de Paul AgedCare & Community Services

      

New Zealand

Auckland

The Backpack Bed is used as emergency relief bedding for homeless without shelter in the Auckland city center. Backpack Bed funding was provided by locals.

Who has received Backpack Beds

Male Female
100% 0%
18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+
0% 7.5% 31% 31% 23% 7.5%
Maori Euro /Pakeha Other
50% 43% 7%
Improve Health Improve Safety Other * Comfort Dignity Self Esteem Sleep
71% 50% 21%* 100% 50% 64% 93%

* keep dry, stay out of hospital.

  • 100% have been assessed by a welfare professional to confirm Backpack Bed eligibility – only when no shelter or accommodation is available.
  • 93% were already sleeping on the street prior to getting a Backpack Bed
  • 86% expect to still be sleeping on the street in 1 weeks time

UK

Cornwall

The Backpack Bed is used as emergency relief bedding for homeless without shelter in the Cornwall area. Backpack Bed funding was provided by locals. The Cornwall Welfare Agency Partner wanted to be sure the Backpack Bed was suitable for local street sleeping homeless. This is the review by a local homeless man Jay. As a result, local fundraisers joined together to fund Backpack Beds. Survey results are being compiled.

Set up

The Backpack Bed has a surprising amount of internal space … Jay is 6ft 4” (193cm) and weighs 18.5 Stone (117kg). He says the Backpack Bed has superb space, could easily accommodate his belongings and would be fine if you had a dog too.

Ready for sleep

Setting up took 5 minutes and 31 seconds – Jay had never set the Backpack Bed up before. Note: built-in ropes – without using these, the Backpack Bed still works as a warm and enclosed space. Remember Jay’s height and weight, he looks far from cramped! The Backpack Bed takes up little space and the person inside is well protected from the elements.!

Jay in the early morning

“Clearly sleeping on the hard ground is never ideal but this was so much better than a doorway! At least I was warm and dry and so were my few possessions. It rained in the early hours, but I remained totally dry and the wind did not penetrate either. Bonus!”

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Germany

Dusseldorf

In Germany, the Backpack Bed is a tool for charities to connect to homeless people that are sleeping on the streets and are difficult to reach. DE 2 DE 1 DE 3

German TV News

  

USA

Backpack Beds arrive to the USA – NOW shipping from New Jersey.

Distributions have occurred in Chicago, Baltimore, Austin, Nashville, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Illinois, Baltimore, Maryland, Oregon, Oklahoma, Ohio, Minnesota, New Mexico, California and Las Vegas.  Homeless, advocacy groups and expert welfare agencies agree and support the Backpack Bed.

Chicago

NEW Nashville

Baltimore

Las Vegas

Welfare Agency Partner locations

New York Chicago Nevada Baltimore
 66% 25% 7% 2%
Homeless Services Offered
Crisis Accommodation Food / Meals Mental Health Outreach Primary Health Drop in centers Emergency Relief Drug & alcohol Info & referral Counseling

Who has received Backpack Beds

Male Female
84% 16%
Age Group
18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+
0% 12% 16% 30% 35% 7%
  • 100% have been assessed by a welfare professional to confirm Backpack Bed eligibility – only when no shelter or accommodation is available.
  • 86% were already sleeping on the street prior to getting a Backpack Bed.
  • 90% expect to still be sleeping on the street in 1 weeks time.
  • 48% are African American, 23% are White and 20% Latino.

How Backpack Beds Help – feedback from the homeless recipients

Homeless state Backpack Beds improve their:
Health 39%  “Will keep the rain off.”
Comfort 59%   “Can add essentials I need to it
Safety 32%  
Sleep 21%
Dignity 14%
Self Esteem 7%

More updates coming soon.