Cheryl and her daughter Amanda (not their real names) have until December 9 to move out of crisis accommodation with Fraser Coast Housing.
Cheryl and her daughter Amanda (not their real names) have until December 9 to move out of crisis accommodation with Fraser Coast Housing.

Housing group works with family

A MARYBOROUGH family will spend the weekend in nervous anticipation ahead of finding out on Tuesday whether an application for a rental house has been approved.

Cheryl and her daughter Amanda (not their real names) have until December 9 to move out of crisis accommodation with Fraser Coast Housing.

The women fear they and Amanda’s two children, aged eight months and five years, will spend Christmas homeless after desperate attempts this month to put a roof over their heads have failed.

Yesterday several Fraser Coast residents called the Chronicle office with words of support and offers of accommodation.

The two women said they were, however, hopeful their application for a three-bedroom Maryborough house would be approved before they had to turned to strangers for help.

“We’re so thankful for the support the community has shown,” said Cheryl. “It makes you feel like there are some people who are actually human.

“We’re just going to keep our fingers crossed and keep checking around until Tuesday.”

Ian Clunn, general manager of Fraser Coast Housing, said the organisation was continuing to work with the family to try and find suitable housing.

He said the women had turned down accommodation at their women’s and children’s shelters.

“Despite this we are continuing to work with them,” he said.

Cheryl and Amanda only came to the Fraser Coast 12 weeks ago after living in Bundaberg for six years.

They were moved to a “safe house” in Maryborough in consultation with FCH but rules limited their accommodation to 12 weeks.

“We can leave all our belongings under the house but we can’t stay there.

“We would have been better off staying in Bundaberg.

“We’ve got perfect references, we don’t owe any money – we just don’t have any money – and the Bundaberg house we were in, the landlord didn’t want us to leave.”



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