Backpack Beds for street sleeping homeless


This year over 40,000 Aussies will sleep on our streets (ABS 2011).

PLEASE HELP US to provide an additional 10 Backpack Beds to homeless people in need in the Melbourne by donating to our project and help us to save lives.

It costs just $105 to get a life saving Backpack Bed into the hands of a homeless person!

The Backpack Bed gives homeless people shelter and also improves their dignity, sleep, warmth, comfort and self-esteem while they are on the street. Backpack Beds are distributed by welfare agencies - such as mental health workers, street doctors and nurses, outreach workers and homeless services.

Keeping people alive TONIGHT.

Social Impact

People on the streets often experience severe depression, a sense of helplessness, and anxiety, in addition to health issues such as trenchfoot, hypothermia, frostbite and recurring chest infections.

Blankets and sleeping bags quickly become wet, filthy and too heavy to lug around. A Backpack Bed helps keep street sleeping homeless warm, dry, healthier and enables them to get a reasonable night's sleep. It has been specifically designed to provide relief and protection against the elements.

Track Record

Backpack Bed for Homeless provides emergency relief Backpack Beds to people who have found themselves on the streets and we have distributed over 23,000 Backpack Beds to homeless people without shelter.

81% of those recipients were already sleeping on the streets prior to getting a Backpack Bed. 91% expected to still be sleeping on the streets in the weeks to come, as there is often no affordable available accommodation and nowhere else to go.

Backpack Bed for Homeless (formerly called Swags for Homeless) was awarded an Australian Human Rights Award by the Australian Human Rights Commission.

The Backpack Bed has been awarded 7 international product design awards.

Hurdles to overcome

Backpack Bed for Homeless is not government funded and can only fundraise for a limited supply of Backpack Beds each year – your impact dollars and donations can make a difference.

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