Group takes a new approach to helping coast’s homeless
WITH National Homeless Persons week continuing until Saturday, one Fraser Coast group is changing the way it treats homelessness.
The Hervey Bay Homelessness Community Action Plan has changed its name to the Fraser Coast Inclusion Plan.
Co-ordinator Megan Smith said the new name and new approach had been designed to address the Fraser Coast's unique set of issues - including high unemployment, substandard housing, lower education levels and high levels of rent or mortgage stress.
She said the group was now working with University of Southern Queensland to build education and work opportunities to help people escape from poverty.
"This is about shifting our focus from bricks and mortar and the standard process of homelessness and housing services, and instead focusing on creating and broadening social inclusion opportunities for people," Ms Smith said.
National Homeless Person's Week
- The theme this year is The Hidden Homeless - which can include people who couch surf, living on short-term leases in caravan parks
- Anecdotal evidence suggests most homeless people on the Fraser Coast are "hidden" and are not sleeping on the streets