State government funding for Gold Coast’s most vulnerable

27 Jun 2014 9:57 AMJann Stuckey

27 June 2014

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP has welcomed the news that State Government has provided significant funding for the Blair Athol Accommodation and Support Programme to carry out the Gold Coast Housing Assistance Triage Service (Gold Coast HATS).

“This new homelessness project, to be trialled on the Gold Coast, will target the city’s most vulnerable, including women escaping domestic violence, youth, people with mental or other health conditions and the elderly,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Through this funding and under the professional and caring guidance of director Elizabeth Fritz I am confident Blair Athol will continue to provide exceptional service to those in need on the Gold Coast.

Housing Minister Tim Mander said Gold Coast HATS will use a triage approach, to prioritise and rapidly match homeless people in the Gold Coast region to the housing and support services they need.

“It will be led by the Uniting Church in Australia Property Trust (Queensland), through its Blair Athol Accommodation and Support Programme, which has a proven record of working with the Gold Coast’s homeless, which dates back 35 years,” Mr Mander said.

Ms Fritz said during 2012-13 they helped nearly 3,000 people on the Gold Coast who were homeless or at risk of becoming homeless..

“We provide a range of support services for people including crisis accommodation, affordable short-term supported accommodation, outreach services and emotional and practical support for those going through difficult times,” Ms Fritz said.

“Despite the Gold Coast’s reputation for having a great lifestyle, homelessness is very much a challenge for many people here. We’re excited to be involved in this trial, and we’re looking forward to seeing more positive results for those needing urgent support.”