Jessica Pearce has been so touched by the sight of Melbourne’s homeless people that she has decided to take matters into her own hands: she started buying houses for them.
Jessica was staying with her partner at a hotel in Flinders Street over the Christmas period when they got confronted with the city’s homeless problem.
“I guess we felt shocked and I suppose a bit guilty — we didn’t realise how bad the housing situation in Melbourne was,” Jessica told ABC Radio Melbourne‘s, Rafael Epstein.
“The streets were lined with people sleeping on mattresses or on the ground.”
“I guess it just touched me and I thought that maybe there was something that we could do.”
Jessica and her partner spent two nights walking the streets and handing out $20 and $50 notes to the homeless and talking with them about their circumstances.
One of those people was a homeless man who was sleeping on the …