Redland City Council, Queensland government and organisations to work together on homelessness

COLLABORATION: Housing Minister Mick de Brenni and Redland mayor Karen Williams, with Redlands MP Kim Richards and Capalaba MP Don Brown and representatives of organisations working with people who are homeless in the Redlands.
COLLABORATION: Housing Minister Mick de Brenni and Redland mayor Karen Williams, with Redlands MP Kim Richards and Capalaba MP Don Brown and representatives of organisations working with people who are homeless in the Redlands.

THE state government will work more closely with organisations and the Redland City Council in efforts to transform services for people experiencing homelessness.

Housing Minister Mick de Brenni joined Redland mayor Karen Williams to announce that $1.76 million would be spent state-wide on the initiative.

Locally, the Redlands-Bayside Housing and Homelessness Network would include representatives from the Housing Department, Redland City Council, organisations and government agencies.

Cr Williams has met with Mr de Brenni a number of times to discuss homelessness. She called for an urgent meeting in December to discuss a 24-hour response to help homeless people in the Redlands after about eight homeless people were moved out of tents in a Capalaba industrial area.

Housing Minister Mick de Brenni and Redland mayor Karen Williams.

Housing Minister Mick de Brenni and Redland mayor Karen Williams.

"Like all communities, Redlands Coast sadly has residents who don't have a safe place to lay their head each night, and I am pleased this initiative will help give them the support they need," Cr Williams said.

"I regularly speak with our amazing local community groups who were telling me they needed more support to provide Redlanders with a safe place to sleep."

Redlands MP Kim Richards said an integrated and targeted approach to tackle homelessness on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands would help alleviate challenges faced there.

Mr de Brenni said that there were some outstanding organisations work hard to help people.

"...What we want to do is strengthen their capacity to do so," he said. "We'll be working with networks in key areas to look at how they currently operate and what is required to better integrate services in each location."

Capalaba MP Don Brown said that bringing together government and non-government services ensured the best service was provided for individuals with the resources available in the Redlands.

"By strengthening these networks and partnerships across Queensland, we can more effectively help people get the range of services and support they need to achieve safe, secure and sustainable housing," he said.

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