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Need for crisis housing in Central Gippsland

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has raised the need for addition crisis housing in Central Gippsland.

Mr O’Brien raised a question in State Parliament recently asking the Minister for Housing to work with the Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence to ensure housing needs in the Wellington Shire area are met.

“I’ve been rather alarmed at recent cries for help to my office from people, particularly women and particularly those seeking emergency housing support.

“It seems there’s been an upswing in the number of people looking for housing, including emergency housing, and this appears to have been exacerbated by the COVID pandemic.

“It has been pointed out to me by at least one non-government agency that a huge number of people are looking for housing including emergency housing as a result of the COVID situation.

“Local Department of Health and Human Services staff and the various non-government agencies working in this space do their best, but they are under severe pressure.

“I know of one agency that had already spent it’s entire crisis care budget for the current financial year by October.”

Mr O’Brien said there was a likely correlation between increased instances of family violence and the number of women looking for emergency housing.

“One of the issues this government has focused on, and I give it due credit for, is tackling family violence.

“I’m concerned however, that emergency accommodation for those fleeing violent situations is something we may need more of in Central Gippsland.

“There is certainly a cohort in the community that are struggling to find a roof over their head at the moment and I’m keen to work with the government to ensure we have adequate public housing and emergency housing for those in need.”

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