Church praised for ac­tion on home­less­ness

Southern Telegraph - - Opinion - Sue Sac­chero, Shoal­wa­ter

Our com­mu­nity should be rightly con­cerned about the in­creas­ing pres­ence of home­less peo­ple in our com­mu­nity.

We need more or­gan­i­sa­tions with the ca­pac­ity to do so, to pro­vide safe, sta­ble hous­ing for those who are cur­rently forced to live on our streets.

I com­mend St Patrick’s for propos­ing to ren­o­vate and re­pur­pose Penola House at a time when the need is ur­gent and ob­vi­ous. It is heart­en­ing to see the Church tak­ing the lead in this re­gard and think­ing res­i­dents will be pleased to see this fa­cil­ity in our neigh­bour­hood. I dis­miss the flawed eco­nomic ar­gu­ment es­poused in an un­signed let­ter I re­ceived on Septem­ber 1, that prop­erty val­ues in our street will tum­ble as a con­se­quence. Prop­erty val­ues are driven by a com­plex­ity of fac­tors that will not be im­pacted.

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