Cairns homelessness services will get a helping hand, receiving over $6.8 million in Queensland Government funding over the next three years to continue their vital work.

Minister for Mental Health and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt today announced Shelter Housing Action Cairns, Ruth’s Women’s Shelter Cairns, The Salvation Army and Anglicare North Queensland would share in the funding to support locals affected by homelessness.

“Organisations such as Ruth’s Women’s Shelter and The Salvation Army are the backbone of our local community, reaching out to people who need their help the most,” Mr Pitt said.

“This funding will help these organisations run their homelessness services, providing temporary accommodation for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, including individuals and families in crisis.

“These organisations have been working hard and over the past 12 months, they’ve helped 673 clients with 305 children.”

Housing Minister Karen Struthers said the Cairns service were just four of the 34 organisations across the state to share in more than $34 million over three years of recently announced Queensland Government funding.

“The Bligh Government is committed to providing greater support services and building a brighter future for Queensland’s most vulnerable people,” Ms Struthers said.

“We recently announced an investment of more than $1 billion in the State Budget to help more Queenslanders into homes and give homeless people a roof over their heads.

Ms Struthers also recently launched Opening Doors – the Queensland Government’s three year strategy for reducing homelessness.

“The strategy contains three priorities: helping people avoid becoming homeless; helping people get ahead and working together for stronger services.”

“There are often multiple complex issues that need to be addressed when helping someone who’s homeless.

“This is why community services, such as Shelter Housing Action and Anglicare are so important – giving people hope and the chance to get their lives back on track.”

“We are doing all we can to turn around the lives of homeless Queenslanders by supporting them to find a way out of crisis.”

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