Plight of Bundaberg's homeless worsened by floods

THOUSANDS of children across the country struggle to find a safe place to lay their heads at night, with almost 5500 children making up the state's shocking homelessness statistics.

The plight of homeless youth was highlighted yesterday on Youth Homelessness Matters Day, but it seems in Bundaberg, the ever-growing problem is affecting more than just our youth.

Salvation Army Tom Quinn Community Centre manager Tom Osborne said he and his staff were seeing at least one homeless family seeking help every hour.

"We're organising the distribution of donated goods and we're seeing families every 15 minutes, and of those we're seeing homeless families once an hour," he said.

"People are staying with friends and families and now a lot are wearing out the friendships.

"Some people are getting to the stage where they're staying in homes without power."

Mr Osborne said while many people were struggling before the region's natural disaster, the problem was much worse now.

"The situation has been exacerbated by the floods," he said.

"Before the flood we were always at capacity (of six people) in our refuge (which homes people aged 16-24) and now we have at least half a dozen people we have to turn away.

"In the worst-case scenario they're staying over at the showgrounds or under the bridge."

Mr Osborne said people were becoming desperate.

"We've just spoken with someone who is living over North without power or water because they don't want to impose on other people," he said.

"There are people who have been flood-affected and can't go home."

Mr Osborne said there was a severe lack of accommodation in Bundaberg

"In the last few days we're finding that most of the available accommodation is out of town," he said.

"One family we're helping relocated to Hervey Bay."

Mr Osborne said most of the workload was now focussed on helping flood victims.



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