FO­RUMS ON HOME­LESS­NESS

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS -

Home­less­ness, af­ford­able ac­com­mo­da­tion and cri­sis hous­ing are the fo­cus for three Com­mu­nity Fo­rums planned for the Dou­glas and Cook Shires over the next few weeks. A de­tailed anal­y­sis, com­mis­sioned by the Dou­glas Shire Com­mu­nity Ser­vices As­so­ci­a­tion and FNQ Part­ners in Re­cov­ery, is be­ing un­der­taken by lo­cal con­sul­tant, Ms Ju­dith Sha­p­land ti­tled “More than Just a Roof Over My Head”. The anal­y­sis is look­ing at the op­tions for both com­mu­ni­ties in re­la­tion to ac­com­mo­da­tion for peo­ple who find them­selves home­less due to a range of is­sues in­clud­ing do­mes­tic and fam­ily vi­o­lence, sub­stance abuse and fi­nan­cial crises. “As a re­sult of nu­mer­ous stud­ies, both com­mu­ni­ties have recog­nised the enor­mous need for ap­pro­pri­ate, lo­cal so­lu­tions to the is­sues of ac­com­mo­da­tion for fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als who find them­selves with­out a safe place to sleep,” Ms Sha­p­land said. “Es­tab­lish­ing the need has al­ready been ac­com­plished,” she said, “so now we must look at op­tions cur­rently avail­able and pos­si­bil­i­ties of cre­at­ing more places for cri­sis ac­com­mo­da­tion.”

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