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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

More affordable places to live in Caboolture

People at risk of homelessness in Caboolture will receive much needed support thanks to the Queensland Government.

Carryn Sullivan, State Member for Pumicestone welcomed the funding boost of $360,703 to Caboolture Family Haven for one year from 1 October 2011.

“This shows the Queensland Government is doing everything it can to support people at risk of becoming homeless,” Mrs Sullivan said.

“In the 12 months to 30 June 2011, Caboolture Family Haven provided advice, support and temporary accommodation to 788 people.

“The support they offer to homeless people and families includes providing a temporary place to stay and helping them secure more stable, long-term accommodation.”

Mrs Sullivan said the funding would help employ a coordinator and client support workers at the community-based agency.

“This funding is part of a suite of initiatives in the Caboolture area to accommodate people at risk of homelessness and help them get back on their feet.

"I urge people who need help to work through legitimate incorporated State Government funded groups such as Caboolture Family Haven in George Street, Caboolture.

“On 27 June, we opened a 28 unit complex at Lower King Street, built with $8.2 million funding from the Commonwealth Government’s Social Housing Initiative.

“These units are now providing high-quality affordable accommodation in Caboolture for people on low incomes who are unable to rent in the private rental market.

People at risk of or experiencing homelessness should contact the Homeless Persons Information Queensland on Freecall 1800 47 47 53 (1800 HPIQ) or TTY 1800 010 222.