This woman isn’t waiting for someone else to address her city’s homelessness problem.
Instead of investing in a second house for her and her family, Jessica Pearce of Melbourne, Victoria recently bought four houses for the homeless.
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Pearce is currently in discussion over the legal management of the buildings, which will be located in Moe, Lara, Morwell, and Coria. All four will provide either shorter-term transitional housing, or more long-term accommodation for families seeking permanent homes.
The businesswoman reportedly first became inspired to help people living in poverty when she and her romantic partner accidentally stumbled upon a Melbourne street that was flooded with sleeping bags and mattresses of homeless people. The couple attempted to satiate their philanthropic inclinations by handing out $20 and $50 bills, but it still wasn’t enough.
They then took in a down-on-his-luck homeless father who couldn’t afford housing back to a hotel that they were staying at until they were able to buy him one month of motel accommodation.
Finally, they decided to give back in the biggest way that they could: buying the four properties.
And Pearce says it is all because of that street in Melbourne.
“I guess we felt shocked and I suppose a bit guilty — we didn’t realize how bad the housing situation in Melbourne was,” Pearce told ABC Radio Melbourne. “I guess it just touched me and I thought that maybe there was something that we could do.”
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