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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 »

New chapter for Nathan

New chapter for Nathan

NATHAN Curby is closer to ending an eight-month nightmare on the streets after receiving a free makeover from Brisbane community members last week. Local charity founder and Catholic award recipient Grant Richards, who was homeless for 18 months, offered to take Mr Curby to a local salon for a haircut and shave after finding out his mother died of a heart attack ... Read More »

Ready to sleep rough

THE Broncos and Jharal Yew Yow are putting their combined weight behind the Vinnies CEO Sleepout to help break the cycle of homelessness. They recently joined with Brisbane Mayor Graham Quirk, Queensland St Vincent de Paul Society chief executive officer Peter Maher and the dedicated ambassadors to officially launch this year’s event at Suncorp Stadium. “Close to 20,000 Queenslanders face ... Read More »

Queensland’s shameful secret

pd rosies

By Paul Dobbyn A YOUNG brother and sister living with their parents in cars in bayside Brisbane are among Queensland’s best-kept secrets. So are the other 5000 homeless young children in this state, according to Rosies chief executive officer Troy Bailey. “I met the bayside family a couple of weeks ago,” he said. “Somehow the mother was getting the children ... Read More »

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