Vital boost to help program

ONE Warwick family knows only too well how important the St Vincent de Paul's Cornerstone program is after it helped them keep their rental accommodation.

While the family did not want to be identified, a St Vincent de Paul Queensland spokeswoman said they had reaped the benefits of the program - which would now be able to help those in similar situations thanks to the $380,000 windfall announced by the State Government this week.

"We had a family situation (in Warwick) the other week where the father had lost his job and could no longer support his wife and child," she said.

"We set them up with budget counsellors who were able to help them manage their finances and stay afloat."

St Vincent De Paul's state president Brian Moore said homelessness and people at risk of homelessness were issues which needed the government's urgent attention.

"Queensland has the second highest homeless population in the country," he said.

"And we need as much support as we can get to help people in housing crisis."

The Cornerstone program was designed for people who had exhausted all of their options with cases individually managed and clients are fully supported in their attempts to enter the private rental market and live independently.

Mr Moore said the program still provided assistance to those who were capable of living independently, helping them maintain their new life and breaking any potential cycle.

St Vincent De Paul Society members and volunteers provided help to 340,000 Queenslanders in the last financial year and is currently taking donations for the winter appeal.

The funding is a part of $70 million for 39 organisations across the state.



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