Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Focus on Helping Region's Homeless Women

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Focus on Helping Region's Homeless Women

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Brigid Simeoni

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Brigid.simeoni@apn.com.au

THE Queensland Government has vowed to continue to focus on supporting the region's homeless women, as figures reveal almost 60% of people seeking help to find housing in Mackay are female.

Statistics released for Homelessness Week show in the year to June 30, 57% of Mackay Housing Service Centre applicants who were homeless or at risk of homelessness were women.

This was up from 54% of female applicants in the previous 12 months.

At Housing Service Centres across Queensland, women made up 55.9% of those seeking help during the year to June 30, up from 54.8% in the previous 12 months.

Housing Minister Mick de Brenni said changes were introduced earlier this year to make it easier for women who had been victims of domestic abuse to have their names removed from tenancy blacklists. "It's simply heartbreaking to sit down and listen to the stories of women who have been repeatedly knocked back for rentals because a violent partner damaged a property, putting their name on a blacklist database," Mr de Brenni said. …

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