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Vinnies leader warns stress levels at Christmas will leave many people homeless

A homeless man sleeps on a bench

THE Christmas season is shaping up as one of extreme financial hardship for many families, while an increasing number of people are being forced into homelessness. As the St Vincent de Paul Society launches its annual Christmas Appeal, the organisation is predicting the next few weeks will be tougher than ever before for people in need. “Certainly (there is) going ... Read More »

Homeless on the Sunshine Coast are indebted to this Catholic woman

Annette Baker

STANDING overlooking the sprawling township of Nambour, Catholic woman Annette Baker points to some vacant land where she imagines building affordable studio units for people at risk of homelessness. “About ten units … It doesn’t have to be government-funded, it could be private donors,” Mrs Baker said, outlining her latest plan to provide housing for low-income households. Every night an ... Read More »

Roby Curtis not turning a blind eye to homeless

Roby Curtis blind eye

FOR many of the homeless who drop in to Brisbane’s inner city Blind Eye Centre this is their only sanctuary. The most vulnerable sleep under bridges, huddle in doorways or hide behind building air vents as they wait out the hours of darkness and bitter cold. “It is street survival mode for a lot of these people,” Blind Eye Centre ... Read More »

Gold Coast Vinnies raises Cornerstone of hope for city’s homeless

Vinnies Gold Coast homeless project

EACH night on the Gold Coast 1400 people are homeless. “The need is massive,” executive officer of the St Vincent de Paul Society’s South Coast diocesan council in Queensland Shane Klintworth said. “It’s a mixture of people who are couch surfing, living in overcrowded accommodation, or they may well be in a refuge or they could be sleeping rough.” Recent ... Read More »

Vinnies puts offer on Southport property to open homelessness prevention centre

homeless

SLEEPING inside a car in the chilly Gold Coast winter may not have to be the only option for some when a dedicated centre tackling homelessness opens as early as April. The St Vincent de Paul Society is planning to open a homelessness prevention centre, called the Cornerstone Centre, to stop “the flow of people entering homelessness” on the Gold ... Read More »

Historic partnership will offer accommodation to combat rising rate of homeless women

Lady Musgrave Trust

EACH year in Queensland more than a thousand young homeless women, many with children, are forced into hotel rooms because of a shortage of emergency accommodation. It’s a grim reflection of the rising rate of homeless women in Queensland – particularly the result of domestic violence. Despite a big injection of State Government funding last financial year, support services struggle ... Read More »

Brisbane ranked 13th highest region with homelessness

  BRISBANE ranks 13th highest in the country for regions affected by homelessness, St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland state president John Forrest announced as he launched Vinnies’ Winter Appeal for 2016.  There are 9700 homeless people in Brisbane on any given night, an alarming 1.97 per cent of the population, and Queensland takes out five of the nation’s top ... Read More »

What Jean Madden is creating could end homelessness

Swags with walls

LIVING on the streets could be a thing of the past if Brisbane entrepreneur Jean Madden’s new cabin project takes off. Ms Madden has launched the “swags with walls” business to shelter the homeless, with a vision to provide life-skills training and potential to create hundreds of jobs. The founder of the not-for-profit Street Swags has set up a factory ... Read More »

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