A social enterprise that offers quality clothing to the homeless across Sydney has seen a sharp rise in people seeking their services as the cost of living continues to bite hard for Aussies.
The Sydney based enterprise, Pass it on Clothing & Co, has been providing quality clothing to Sydney’s homeless community since 2016. It’s not unusual to see a queue of people lining up to get much needed clothes, free of charge.
And since January this year, co-founder Chris Vagg has seen hundreds more people seeking out this free service.
“Everyone is doing it tough right across the community, but the trend we’ve seen since January 2023 is a sharp increase in new faces presenting at all our services,” he told news.com.au.
“We pass on over 1000 pieces of clothing each week and it continues to trend up, like a dripping tap into a bucket, it just keeps getting worse every single week.
“Eventually that bucket will overflow. We’ve always said, look around the world, once the genie is out of the bottle, it’s impossible to put back in.”
Operating out of Martin Place, it’s no longer an unusual sight to see a large queue of folks waiting to get their hands on some of the clothing and shoes loaded onto a ute.
And it’s not just homeless individuals, but now families in attendance which is something Vagg wishes didn’t have to happen.
“Why are there families queuing outside at 7.30pm is my question,” he said. “They should be picked up [by other charities] before they…