A major fundraising event later this month will help support a vital community group at the forefront of the region’s housing crisis. Just Home Margaret River will host an afternoon of music and fun at the Margaret River Uniting Church on Sunday, August 13, in an effort to raise awareness as well as funds for the not-for-profit group. The afternoon event which starts at 2pm will feature local musicians as well as food and drink providers and children’s activities. An auction supported by businesses across the shire is the feature act, with residents and families invited to get on board. Just Home project manager Alex Hughes said proceeds from the community event would support the organisation to continue to fight for housing justice in the region. “The Augusta-Margaret River Shire is in the midst of a severe housing crisis which has rendered over 150 people homeless with another 600 people at imminent risk of becoming homeless,” Mr Hughes said. “There are also not enough rentals, community or social housing to service the community which, coupled with the crushing cost of living, has seen a doubling of inquiries to our service since 2021.” The event also opens WA Homelessness Week which Mr Hughes said shone a spotlight on the plight of those experiencing hardship. “That includes Margaret River, which has some of the lowest incomes and highest rental prices in the South West,” he said. “As the only organisation in Margaret River assisting people in these situations and advocating for housing justice for the region, it is heartening to have the support of so many generous local people and businesses.” Just Home treasurer Angela Wellman said she got involved with the group as a volunteer after she and her family were also caught up in the housing crisis. “It was really great to get involved and know there were other people in the same situation,” she said. Other families including her own were still on the hunt for secure rentals. Amid booming home sales and rentals going off the market, Ms Wellman said it was stressful and difficult for residents just looking for somewhere secure. Many people found housing only to be forced to move on a short time later due to the volatile nature of the market, she said. Mr Hughes said further donations from businesses to the auction were still welcome. To get involved, visit justhome.org.au.