Plans of action
THE Douglas Community Housing Group Homelessness Project is taking steps to help reduce the number of homeless people living in the Douglas region and improve services.
Of the 31 recommendations listed in the Homelessness in Douglas report, which was released earlier this year, 16 plans of action have been developed to address the issue.
DCHG member and Mossman Community Centre community counsellor Michelle Philp said the actions are being partnered with relevant agencies.
‘‘One action is to establish a referral pathway between Lotus Glen and the support services, which will entail going up to Lotus Glen when guys are about to be released and meet with community centres to say what Mossman or Port Douglas can offer,’’ she said.
‘‘They will hopefully be more aware about what services are available within our area and hopefully lead to less reoffending and less breaches of parole conditions.
‘‘There is the same process with the hospital so people are discharged into stable accommodation and linking with the proper programs, like return to country with the police services.’’
Working with people to maintain tenancies and providing ongoing support is another initiative to reduce homelessness and overcrowding.
DCHG has also been conferring with services, which predominantly only service Cairns up to Palm Cove, and will continue to find ways to bring essential services to the region to help those in need.
‘‘We have so many hurdles and barriers and that’s one of the things we are trying to do, collate a list of services that operate in our area - that list is very short,’’ Ms Philp said.
The next step is to further develop the action plans and continue to lobby for funding.