Family facing homlessness by Saturday
IF YOU knew you would be homeless on Saturday, what would you do?
It is a tough question - frightening in fact - but that is the reality facing Gympie couple Jason Rees and Peta O'Sullivan and their two young children.
After four-and-a-half years living in a Southside rental, they have been told to move on and hand the keys in at the weekend.
They were first told the lease was finishing in November and since that time they have been searching for another rental, but with no success.
"I'm a good person, I look after every rental I've been in but I can't get a home," Ms O'Sullivan said.
She said the family had never been blacklisted and always received the full bond at the end of every lease.
The mother-of-two said the past year had been tough for the family.
Mr Rees, a member of the Saloon Car Association, is out of work due to an injured hip.
He is also waiting to have skin cancers removed.
To make their heartbreak worse, Mr Rees' blue heeler might be put down tomorrow.
At 16 years of age, his health has deteriorated.
The couple also owns a cat and a staffy, which can make it difficult to find a home.
However, Ms O'Sullivan just wants a safe place for her children, David, 11, and Tarleaha, 5.
The idea of being out on the street makes her anxious.
She said her children had had a tough Christmas and new year period and the situation was unsettling for them.
"We are down to the wire. We have nowhere to go; no one to help," Ms O'Sullivan said.
"I'm at the point where I can't see the light at the end of the tunnel.
"I want to put a roof over my kids' heads."
Ms O'Sullivan said there were two major issues to be addressed for Gympie- a lack of emergency accommodation and rising homeless numbers.
She said she had spoken to many people in a similar situation. "We need more help for people," she said.
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