News

Gladstone man's desperate hunt for place to live

Dvsdvds

ALL he wants is a roof over his head, a warm bed to sleep in and a home to call his own.

Gladstone's Michael Howard is sick of sleeping on the streets.

"They won't give me a home and I'm sleeping on park benches," he said.

"I just want a house."

Mr Howard moved out of a share house because of overcrowding.

<<< Minister's social housing rent claims cop blast >>>

Eight people were living in the three-bedroom house, he said, and he was sharing a room with a woman.

"She's a good mate but it was getting uncomfortable," he said, laughing.

But he could never have imagined how hard it would get from there.

The labourer, machine operator and jack-of-all-trades has been unemployed for six months.

He said the Department of Housing and Public Works told him he might have to wait five years for a place in social housing.

"Why is there a shortage?," he said.

"It's a booming town."

There are nearly 1000 Gladstone region householders living in social housing, according to a spokesman for Minister for Housing and Public Works Tim Mander.

As at May 2014, the Department of Housing and Public Works had 184 applications for long-term social housing in the Gladstone region, he said.

This represents a reduction of 43% over the past two years.

Topics:  department of housing and public works, gladstone, homelessness




600 Gladstone, Rockhampton locals find jobs in a month

Photo Luka Kauzlaric / The Observer

FRESH signs Gladstone is starting to level out after dramatic fall.

7 Gladstone jobs up for grabs right now

There are two jobs up for grabs at Heron Island.

Ever wanted to live and work on an island?

Pay rise for Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher to $209K

Glenn Butcher says an NRL flag is more important

GLENN Butcher enjoys pay rise to $209,999, or $8049 a fortnight.

Latest deals and offers

Gladstone couple's spontaneous Gympie Muster wedding

Craig Oglesby and Brenda Strong celebrate their wedding at the Gympie Muster with punters in front of the Main Stage.

The Gympie Music Muster was the perfect place for a wedding.

Australian Survivor's Peter: I'm no quitter

Australian Survivor contestant Peter Fiegehen.

ILLNESS forces castaway's early exit from Samoa.

Diva's sister on soliciting charge

FILE - In this May 14, 2016 file photo, Mariah Carey attends the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, in New York. Carey will appear on the Oct. 5 episode of the Fox series, \"Empire,\" the network confirmed Monday at a TV critics bi-annual press tour. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Mariah Carey's sister has been arrested on charges of prostitution.

Tom Cruise private jets his gym kit around the world

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise charters private to take his gym kit around the world

Movie behind Depp and Heard split to be released

Soon you'll be able to see the movie that ended the marriage

Bindi's boyfriend helps release huge croc

Chandler (far right) helped the jump team.

Chandler Powell helps catch Duncan the croc

Palm Lake Resort set to move in to Coast with 276 villas

Palm Lake Group has been given approval by Sunshine Coast Council to build a 276-villa over 50s resort and 120-bed aged care facility at the intersection of Caloundra Rd and Caloundra Mooloolaba Rd in Little Mountain.

New facility planned for Caloundra Rd

Warning for unit investors with price plummet prediction

The warning signs are flashing for one real estate sector in 2017 despite others performing the best they have in years and it's not going to be pretty.

One real estate sector looks set for a rocky 2017

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m