A concerned Wagga resident has set up her first fundraiser after witnessing an increase in the amount of people experiencing homelessness in the city.
Kayla Sayer recently started a GoFundMe and is on a mission to ensure everyone has a roof over their heads.
"It makes me feel horrible and I hate the idea that people don't have warm beds at night, especially when it is so cold in Wagga at this time of year," she said.
"I've noticed stories that homelessness rates have risen, but it wasn't until I saw more homeless people outside the Sturt Mall that I realised how bad the situation in the city was.
"There's a lot you don't see, like near camping grounds and it would be a horrible position to be in."
Ms Sayer has a goal of $1000 and will spend the donations on food, shelter, clothes and other necessities.
"I went to take some treats and a blanket to a homeless couple who had a dog and cat, but they weren't at the same spot," she said.
"If everyone got together and donated change we could provide emergency accommodation or pots and pans for people to be able to cook meals.
"It all adds up, but one person alone can't do it."
Ms Sayer said this issue was close to her heart.
"I'm so passionate about this because my partner Craig Harrison experienced homelessness and didn't have the help that was necessary," she said.
"There isn't enough support services and many people don't know how to access the support when needed and I want to change that."
The Daily Advertiser previously reported that 700 people made contact with Mission Australia's Eastern Murrumbidgee Youth Service last year.
However, with only five crisis accommodation beds available across the region, the needs far outweigh the available resources.
Ms Sayer said her concern has been shared with locals across social media and hopes her fundraiser will encourage those to donate.
"I know a lot of people want to help, but won't hand out money to people on the streets in fear that it won't go towards their immediate needs like food, shelter and clothes," she said.
Ms Sayer is looking at partnering with a local business to gain more awareness of her fundraiser.