Report reveals homeless worse than Brisbane



GLADSTONE has a higher rate of homelessness than Brisbane.

Eighty-five people in every 10,000 Gladstonites are homeless, and a recent report which uncovered the statistics also revealed the city has the highest rate of homelessness in Central Queensland, with a total of 311 people without permanent accommodation.

Despite the figures, many locals still failed to recognise what a serious problem local homelessness was, Gladstone Men's Shelter Committee member Judy Whicker said.

'People think to be homeless you have to be living on the street, but that's not the case,' Ms Whicker said.

Mission Australia, which helps house homeless people, said the profile of those people who fell into the homeless category was changing.

A Mission Australia spokesperson said the majority of today's homeless people were 34-years-old or younger and living in some sort of temporary accommodation.

The report, compiled by RMIT and Swinburne Universities, indicated that 53 per cent of homeless people in Gladstone lived with friends or family for short periods.

The report also said about 50 people (16 per cent) of local homeless, lived in accommodation that was subsidised by government or community organisations.

The report also said 120 locals fell into a 'marginal caravan park dwellers' category.



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