An initiative between The Salvation Army and the City of Melbourne will ensure those experiencing homelessness in the inner city will be more comfortable during the summer months.
As part of its Cool Places program, the City of Melbourne offers free pool passes and movie tickets to people experiencing homelessness, as well as a commitment to provide support during extreme weather events.
The council has engaged The Salvation Army 614 to open its Hamodava Café, in Bourke Street, Melbourne, as an overnight respite service in the event of extreme heat.
Melbourne’s Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said extreme heat is a silent killer that takes its highest toll on our most vulnerable.
‘People who are sleeping rough represent some of the most vulnerable in our community. This plan provides some welcome respite to those who have nowhere else to go on days of extreme heat,’ he said.
‘The simple act of inviting someone inside to escape the heat of the day to use one of our swimming pools, see a movie or just sit in an air-conditioned room could save a life.’