Queensland Government media release

Central Queenslanders experiencing homelessness or escaping domestic and family violence will receive a little extra care thanks to funding from the Palaszczuk Government’s Dignity First Fund.

Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said Clermont Community Housing and Other Services had been awarded $6,500 in round two of the $2.5 million fund, established in 2016, to support projects that help people experiencing homelessness to live with dignity.

Mr de Brenni said Dignity First funding would be used to prepare and distribute care packs, which would include basic necessity items.

“The care packs are designed to help to bring a touch of normalcy to situations that are far from normal, and to help to deliver dignity to people in need,” Mr de Brenni said.

“Clermont Community Housing, which has operated in Clermont and the surrounding districts for more than 20 years, provides a range of community and support services, including the distribution of emergency and drought relief funds.”

Clermont Community Housing’s Barbara Stranks said the care packs would be tailored to the individual’s situation.

“We want to provide people with what they really need, so while the basics of all packs will be the same, we’ll be able to tailor the pack to make it really useful for the individual in question,” she said.

“We’re also intending to spend the funds for the care packs in the local community by purchasing from local businesses.”

Mr de Brenni said the Dignity First Fund was designed to encourage innovative, non-traditional ideas to help people experiencing homelessness through the hard times.

“The Fund has proven how much difference you can make with a good idea, a lot of heart and a little money,” Mr de Brenni said.

“The Dignity First Fund has already brought some fantastic ideas to life.

“Young people transitioning out of homelessness are learning how to drive, a mobile barbershop is providing haircuts on the street, and café style dining is serving up food along with employment and training opportunities.

“Whatever situation you’re in, you have the right to live with dignity, and Dignity First projects help deliver that.”

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