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.
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.