Funds for those most in need

FUNDS that could change the lives of homeless youth from around the Fraser Coast are still up for grabs.

In June Queensland’s Community Services Minister Karen Struthers pledged $1.4m to the region specifically for helping the homeless and tenders have just been put out.

Ms Struthers made the announcement in the wake of a series the Chronicle had run highlighting the plight of homeless youths from around the region.

Tenders were put out last month for the Youth Housing Reintegration Service but a suitable organisation wasn’t found.

Yesterday Ms Struthers said it had been made “quite clear” that the community wanted to see funding used responsibly.

“There are several organisations doing some great work in the Fraser Coast area and I’d encourage them to apply,” Ms Struthers (pictured) said.

“It may even be that organisations develop a partnership so they can deliver the services required under the program.”

Applications close on August 23. More information on the tender process is available at www.communities.qld.gov.au/department/funding.

Since the Chronicle first broke the story about a homeless youth named Ben who was sleeping in an abandoned home with other street kids, the community has shown its support by donating to the We Care Bags project.

The bags are filled with toiletries and handed out to those in need through Hervey Bay Charity organisation We Care 2.

Items can be donated at the Chronicle’s Hervey Bay and Maryborough offices and at 96 Torquay Road.

A free gourmet barbecue is also available to anyone in need at the We Care 2 building every Sunday from noon.

For more information phone 4124 0913.



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