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Queensland homeless services share in $29 million boost

Queenslanders at risk of homelessness will continue to receive vital crisis accommodation support thanks to $29 million funding announced today.

Housing Minister Karen Struthers said the 14 services receiving funding offered short term accommodation and support services to single adults, families and women who are at risk of becoming homeless.

Two of these services specifically assist women and women with children to escape from domestic and family violence.

"Everyone needs someone to turn to and somewhere safe to stay when times are tough or if there is a need to escape from domestic and family violence in the home," Minister Struthers said.

"These providers reach out to individuals and families offering short-term accommodation and support to get their lives back on track."

"That's what this funding boost of $29,669,733 over three years is all about."

The providers receiving funding are:
•    New Farm Neighbourhood Centre ($1,866,060)
•    Micah Inner City Services ($2,564, 487)
•    South Brisbane Mens Hostel ($5,371,488)
•    Rockhampton Hostel Accommodation ($1,863,012)
•    Townsville Men's Hostel ($3,006,336)
•    Townsville Maria House ($1,279,053)
•    Mackay Men's Hostel ($2,291,343)
•    Ozcare Mt Isa ($1,894,374)
•    Cairns Accommodation and Support Services ($2,019,783)
•    Toowoomba Hostel ($2,151,123)
•    Dalby Hostel ($442,038)
•    Bundaberg Men's Hostel ($2,583,405)
•    Majella House ($1,194,501)
•    Madonna House ($1,142,730)

Visiting Hart 4000, a service run by New Farm Neighbourhood Cerntre, that provides brokerage and referral service to homeless people and those at risk of becoming homeless, Minister Struthers and Brisbane Central MP Grace Grace said the services are helping people move from the street to more stable accommodation.

"Last year HART 4000 provided advice to 1325 people and is linked into specialist, health, housing and social services," Ms Grace said.

"Places like Hart 4000 do a magnificent job coordinating homeless services, especially in and around the CBD," she said

"The Queensland Government will continue to take significant steps towards achieving the national goals of halving overall homelessness and offering supported accommodation to all rough sleepers by 2020," said Ms Struthers

This State funding announced today is in addition to the $284M that the State and Federal Government have jointly committed over 5 year through the National Partnership Agreement on Homeless.

This funds innovative responses to homelessness such as the Youth Housing and Reintegration Services, 50 Homes 50 Lives and Common Ground .

Community Services, Housing and Women
The Honourable Karen Struthers
19/05/2011
Queensland homeless services share in $29 million boost

Permanent Link: Queensland homeless services share in $29 million boost
Publish Date: 19 May 11

Queensland Government, Housing and Homelessness Services :
GPO Box 690, Brisbane QLD 4001, Brisbane
Non-fixed: 1300 880 882

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