Funds needed for homeless
NOOSA welfare groups say zero emergency accommodation across the Sunshine Coast requires urgent funding to help stem the tide of needy people sleeping out in camping grounds like Johns Landing.
Both Noosa Christian Outreach Centre community development officer David Bermingham and Noosa Salvation Army emergency relief officer Carol Hilditch said the problem was most acute among single men, but also relevant to women left to battle through life alone without the means of support most of us took for granted.
Ms Hilditch has worked in Tewantin for 20 years and oversees the running of the Salvos' 12 emergency accommodation homes in the Noosa area that cater for families and domestic violence.
These are constantly at capacity with no shortage of names on the waiting list to take up the place of any tenancy vacancies.
"In 20 years, we have never not had a waiting list and most families are local," Ms Hilditch said.
"There is nothing between here and Brisbane for single men since Ozanam House (a men's hostel operated by St Vincent de Paul) at Nambour closed down."