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Call goes out for crisis accommodation in Caboolture area

GROWING CRISIS: Volunteers Maria Brady, Phill McLean, Lisa Kristiansen and Anastasia Constable sort through donated items.
GROWING CRISIS: Volunteers Maria Brady, Phill McLean, Lisa Kristiansen and Anastasia Constable sort through donated items. Vicki Wood

A CARAVAN park in the Caboolture area is being used as a critical refuge for desperate people, highlighting the region's need for a crisis centre.

Friends of the Street founder Phill McLean and Caboolture Community Action president Sharin Geeves both say homelessness is a growing problem in the region.

"That's the main problem in the whole town. We've got probably three pages of homeless people that are out on the street or couch hopping and every day we get single mums coming in crying," Mr McLean said.

Friends of the Street regularly relies on a caravan park to house people for a night or two in emergency situations.

The caravan park owner, who didn't want to be identified, said he was happy to help but a better solution was needed.

"We need to work out what we can do to support these people, help them get up and get a job," he said.

Ms Geeves agreed that crisis accommodation was needed in the area.

CCA has three bedrooms in a house and has been housing extra people in downstairs lounge rooms to meet demand for a roof, food and a hot shower.

"The issue's getting bigger and I think people are getting worried because of the new budget that's pending," she said.

"People that are already struggling to pay rent and bills are worrying that they're going to be the next homeless."

A Department of Housing and Public Works representative said the Government was assessing the need for more crisis accommodation in Caboolture.

"The Queensland Government already provides over $830,000 in funding to homelessness providers in the Caboolture region," she said.

Topics:  crisis accommodation, homeless, homelessness


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