It is a sad state of affairs when an initiative to help the community’s homeless is abandoned because the local residents are not willing to support the scheme.
The pressure by some residents of the Brisbane suburb of New Farm to close a shelter for homeless people, being trialled in their area, is typical of the NIMBY (not in my backyard) sentiment which surrounds many worthwhile projects in our cities.
The homeless need somewhere to stay. They have been treated as “invisible” people by society for far too long and deserve the help of the community.
An increasing number of high-income earners are moving to New Farm. It would be a huge social injustice if some of these residents were behind the forced closure of this suburb’s homeless shelter.