We Are Mobilise

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Ending homelessness in Australia is possible

Across generations, Australians have grappled with the persistent issue of homelessness, so creating a world where no one has to sleep on the street requires a long-term vision with achievable short-term goals.

At Mobilise, we believe homelessness is a solvable problem. That’s why we’re launching Project 10,000 – an ambitious initiative to unlock the generosity of Australians to positively impact the lives of 10,000 individuals by 2030. Those big dreams haven’t come overnight though, they are the culmination of an eight-year journey from the streets of Melbourne’s CBD to, one day, ending homelessness across Australia.

Founded in 2016: Six years of volunteer outreaches provided us with thousands of genuine conversations with our friends on the street which laid the foundational framework for our eventual Direct Giving programs.

Nedd’s Record Run 2022: Nedd Brockmann’s incredible fundraising efforts provided a pivotal boost to our mission. It put us in a position to develop many of the programs and dreams we’ve had for years.

Direct Giving Begins: Launched in November 2023, Mobilise Matched facilitated employment for 10 individuals and provided crucial support through charity partnerships like Youth Projects. Participants also received up to $10,000 through grants to pursue their aspirations.

Direct Giving Continues: Mobilise Kickstarter and Mobilise Pay built on this success; we expanded our initiatives to offer rental assistance and support single-mother families.

As we focus on nationwide homelessness, we must shine a light on those who need it most. While the most visible example of homelessness we see are our friends on the street, they only make up approximately 6% of total homelessness. 94% of homeless people are considered ‘hidden’. Hidden Homelessness can happen to anyone, through no fault of their own. Illness, job loss or domestic violence can mean people end up homeless. To survive these circumstances, people turn to couch surfing, living in their cars, a garage or other temporary, often insecure accommodation that falls below minimum community standards.

Primary Homelessness

When people don’t have conventional accommodation. For example, sleeping rough or in improvised dwellings like sleeping in their car.

Secondary Homelessness

When people are forced to move from one temporary shelter to another, such as between emergency accommodation and refuges, this includes ‘couch surfing’ when someone ‘crashes’ at a friend's or relative's home.

Tertiary Homelessness

When people live in accommodation that falls below minimum standards. This can be a boarding house, caravan park, or a household that is severely overcrowded.

They are Australia’s unseen homeless, and we must bring them into the light by getting to them as quickly as possible, through action.

Now, we launch Project 10,000. Project 10,000 is our key to unlock individuals and their resources to enable our participants to reclaim control of their lives and thrive within their communities. We are tackling the unmet needs of Australians facing homelessness. We don’t just react to problems – we actively pioneer direct giving programs to empower those left behind. By leveraging flexible funding and piloting innovative solutions, we can scale these programs with the backing of generous Aussies – corporations, philanthropists, and everyday citizens alike.

Project 10,000 will Australians facing homelessness

With your help, we can turn our ambitious goal into reality. Together, let’s rally behind this cause and tackle the seemingly impossible: ending homelessness in Australia.

Donate, volunteer, or ignite a movement in your world today – every action counts.

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Why is this important today? The 2021 Census found that:

On any given night, more than 122,000 people are experiencing homelessness in Australia

The rate of homelessness surged in Tasmania and Victoria up by 32.3% and 12.4% respectively.

1 in 32 Indigenous Australians will be experiencing homelessness on any given night.

There was a 5.2% increase in the number of people experiencing homelessness nationally between 2016 and 2021.

39% of people experiencing homelessness in Australia were living in severely overcrowded dwellings.

39% of people experiencing homelessness in Australia were living in severely overcrowded dwellings.

Key trends that are impacting our friends on the street include:

Increasing housing prices

Under supply of affordable housing

Rapidly changing job market / in-demand skills

Increased demand on / reduced accessibility of essential services

Climate change affecting liveability and housing needs

Changing profile of cities and urban areas post-Covid

Increased public awareness of the housing crisis and economic pressures

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Andrew Sloman

Andrew has recently joined the Board after initial conversations with Anthony and Noah where they expressed a desire to source risk, governance and financial expertise to the organisation and would Andrew recommend anyone from his networks.

So taken was Andrew with the organisation, the mission, strategy and people that he decided to contribute himself and leverage his 30 years experience as a registered company auditor, risk and internal audit practitioner.

As a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, you can often find him criss crossing the Tasman Sea and mumbling the occasional word of Te Reo Maori. He also holds governance roles as a Board Member of the Victorian Local Governance Association and is an independent member of Risk Committees at the Richmond Football Club and the A.G. Coombs Group.

He is passionate about managing risk in sectors including charities/not-for-profits, Local Government, Sport and Sport Infrastructure, and you will find him most weekends at the MCG cheering on his beloved Tigers.

Jenna Downer

Having spent the last decade working across corporate and philanthropic partnerships, across both National Sporting Organisations, and international not-for-profits, Jenna is passionate about the human experience, believing we all have opportunity, and the responsibility to improve to world of tomorrow.

With attitude of curiosity, and a knack commercialising programs, Jenna creates value for organisations seeking to make tangible social impact, championing sustainable development principles across commercial and philanthropic partnerships. 

With a career built around relationships and networks, weekends mean are a change of pace, often spent at the dog park with a great Melbourne-brewed coffee in hand.

Trent Milvain

Trent is the Chief Operating Officer of Law Squared.

He has overseen the firm’s growth over the past eight years alongside Demetrio Zema and the business, laying and executing the firm’s strategy–from new legal and non–legal service lines to integrating teams across Australia, United Kingdom, and most recently an office in Auckland, New Zealand.

A sample of Trent’s responsibilities includes leading the firm’s culture, capability, and day-to-day operations.

His strategic approach has also led to the establishment of a Legal Technology function that provides helps corporate legal departments optimise their legal operations & technology.

Trent advises a Melbourne-based FinTech and is a founding board member for We Are Mobilse which is on a mission to positively transform the lives of those facing homelessness across Australia.

Previously, Trent worked as a Commercial Manager for one of Australia’s leading retail groups and has advised a construction firm in Melbourne.

In his free time, Trent enjoys learning and experiencing new things, spending time with friends and family, and watching live sports.

Chris King

Chris King

Chris is one of the founding volunteers of We Are Mobilise, which started in 2016 and has served as a director on the board since its conception.

Early in his time with We Are Mobilise, Chris realised the power of conversation and was troubled by the isolation that those facing homelessness felt. It became clear that the isolation was feeding a disconnect, not only from society but also from their sense of humanity; compelled by this, Chris continued to do what he could to recognise, acknowledge and help those living with homelessness.

Over the years, his role has changed from a more hands-on approach running the volunteer marketing team to a more strategic role assisting the full-time staff to grow We Are Mobilise to its most impactful state.

In his day job, although rarely just during the day, Chris is a founding employee of the creative business Bullfrog, specialising in communications, commercialisation and innovation. He primarily works across Production and Client Management for various national and international companies.

Anthony Alsop

Anthony Alsop

Attracted by the impact of multiple outreach experiences in 2022, Anthony joined the board of We Are Mobilise that year before assuming the role of Chief Marketing Officer in 2023.

His career journey spans the sports industry, with stints at the Australian Football League’s Richmond Football Club and Brisbane Lions as well as Tennis Australia, and Channel 7. Beyond our Aussie borders, he left his mark in the hustle and bustle of New York with the National Basketball Association.

Anthony’s passion is storytelling, having created documentaries, TV shows, and podcasts throughout his career. He’s not just a behind-the-scenes guy; he’s been in the executive hot seat and led communications during his tenure within the AFL. He leads our marketing function and infuses his unique storytelling into our branding, communications, partnerships, and fundraising efforts.

Off the clock, you’ll find Anthony playing basketball, at the movies, or hanging out with family and friends. Catch him in action from his appearance on ABC’s Hard Quiz for a dose of his lighter side.
Danielle Schutte

Danielle Schutte

Danielle joined the Mobilise board in 2021 after a conversation with Noah where they decided they could change the world. After 2 years of volunteering, she decided that the only way we could get there was to focus on the mission full-time, when she joined as Chief Operating Officer.

Danielle has always been interested in the big global systems that impact people’s lives every day and has built a career on trying to understand and change these for the better.

This long-time hospo worker journeyed through a Masters in Public Health, stints in advocacy, to management consulting in the health sector and a strategy at a large federal government agency.

She’s been able to use this to develop our flagship programs from scratch and build the back-end of Mobilise into a more efficient operation, and making sure we’re focussed on using technology to help us help our friends on the street. You can check out her weirder side in her passion project: a podcast mixing health technology and the healing powers of music.

Otherwise you can find her riding a scooter to a gig near you or doing circus aerial tricks (badly).

CEO Noah Yang

Noah Yang

Noah is the Founder of We Are Mobilise and currently serves as Managing Director/CEO.

Challenged by the understanding that no-one in Australia should have to sleep on the street, the Mobilise journey began when Noah and a friend set out with bags of bread to have conversations with those they met. Since that day, Noah has lead We Are Mobilise from a grassroots movement focused on assertive outreach through to an ACNC-registered national charity which has recently completed the $2 million+ Nedd Brockmann campaign – positioning it ready to deliver impact across its 3 core pillars.

Noah’s background was in management consulting and he has an inquisitive nature, passionate about leveraging commercial solutions to make a social impact.

He has coupled a diverse consulting experience with a global education, informing his passion for innovation and an eagerness to deploy an entrepreneurial approach to business building.

Outside of Mobilise, Noah enjoyed building a project called ‘ASX Investor’ – a digital media channel that amassed 25,000+ total followers and featured interviews with CEO’s from across the ASX.

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