Sleeping rough in the middle of a pandemic

Colin Johnstone

Colin Johnstone’s story of rough sleeping in Melbourne finally started to see some positive outcomes but it took a world-wide pandemic to begin the change.

At the beginning of the pandemic Colin was behind Federation Square when he noticed two women approaching him. His first instinct was to leave the area but he soon found that the women were from Launch Housing. They were there to make sure everyone had accommodation as COVID-19 began to take hold of the city.

A world of difference

When Colin checked in to his hotel accommodation he was over the moon. “To be honest, when I walked in I had a shower and it brought a tear to me eye,” he says.

The two women who offered Colin help at Federation Square started him on a new path that has brought hope and opportunity despite an enduring second lockdown.

Read more about Colin’s journey to secure housing here.

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