Home­less peo­ple need houses

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

CRI­SIS houses are be­ing re­filled be­fore the pre­vi­ous oc­cu­pants have moved out as a re­sult of the rate of home­less­ness hav­ing risen by 29 per cent in the Lock­yer Valley.

Laidley Cri­sis Care and Ac­com­mo­da­tion Group man­ager Donna Balma said in July, seven prop­er­ties had housed 26 peo­ple who had nowhere else to go.

“In (July) we had 58 con­tacts seek­ing a va­ri­ety of things... 10 were look­ing for im­me­di­ate sup­port or ac­com­mo­da­tion,” Ms Balma said.

While ren­tal prices in the dis­trict re­main lower than the met­ro­pol­i­tan ar­eas, Ms Balma said the cost of liv­ing was still dif­fi­cult for peo­ple in the Lock­yer Valley re­gion.

“When you have ev­ery­thing in­creas­ing in price and you also have that ca­su­al­i­sa­tion of em­ploy­ment, there’s no per­ma­nency of in­come, and not only do real es­tates hes­i­tate at this in­come but it’s hard for peo­ple to bud­get,” she said.

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