$380,000 for city's homeless

Southern Downs Regional Councillor Denise Ingram.
Southern Downs Regional Councillor Denise Ingram.

SHOCK was the reaction from Southern Downs Regional Councillor Denise Ingram when she heard $380,000 of funding had been announced to aid accommodation and support services for Warwick's homeless.

"I think it's wonderful, we can use it but I am sort of really surprised," Cr Ingram said.

"It's a vital need certainly, especially in winter and we don't have much.

"We don't have anything for women, we have the Safe Haven for crisis situations but women who just need to leave home, we don't have any accommodation for."

The $380,000 windfall - to be used over three years - was part of a $70m boost for the St Vincent de Paul Society announced by Communities Minister Tracy Davis in parliament this week.

"St Vincent de Paul runs a temporary supported accommodation initiative in Warwick that helps people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness," Ms Davis said.

"They accept referrals from local schools and government agencies and have assisted 38 clients over the past 12 months.

"The Newman Government greatly values the support of the non-government sector to deliver these vital services and we will continue to work with them to maximise service delivery."

Member for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg also admitted to doing a double take when he heard the large funding figure for Warwick.

He said the funding was part of the State Government's commitment to provide a range of support services for vulnerable people.

"Local, community-based services give people hope and the chance to get their lives back on track," Mr Springborg said.

"It's good to see this service supported, to provide help for people when it is needed most."

Topics:  denise ingram, homeless, southern downs regional council



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