Homeless people need houses
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.