Queenslanders in Logan have been provided pathways out of homelessness with funding from round three of the $2.5 million Dignity First Fund.
Twin Rivers Community Care Limited are able to prepare meals for people experiencing homelessness in Beenleigh and Eagleby after receiving funding of $80,000.
The purpose of the Fund is to seek new and innovative ideas from non-government providers that aim to prevent and reduce homelessness and assist people experiencing homelessness to live with dignity.
Macalister MP Melissa McMahon said the Twin Rivers kitchen was one of six projects in Logan sharing in more than $185,000 funding under the current Dignity First Fund round.
“The Dignity First Fund provides for people who really need it, when they really need it,” Ms McMahon said.
“A little money and a lot of heart can make a real difference and that is certainly true in this case – the investment has helped Twin Rivers purchase supplies for their kitchen and continue development of their food distribution network.”
Twin Rivers Career and Family Support worker Ms Libbi Lawson said the funding has helped the organisation increase its output to offer larger portions to its clients.
“We’ve got a number of challenges ahead of us, including ensuring we have adequate supplies of food and containers for our kitchen,” said Ms Lawson.
“We deliver daily to our partners in Eagleby and Beenleigh and this funding has helped us connect with other social enterprises and homelessness service providers already operating in the region.
“Our goal is to be a leading provider of hope to the communities of Eagleby and Beenleigh and the Dignity First funding has allowed us to expand our community reach.”
Minister for Housing and Public works Mick de Brenni said Dignity First Funding was established in 2016 to provide localised, people centric support, and was essential to providing Queenslanders with housing security.
“Labor believes that having a safe, secure, sustainable place to call home, is essential to holding down a job,” Mr de Brenni said.
“There are many different reasons why a someone my find it difficult to get into or hold down a tenancy, and the Palaszczuk Government is making sure we have wrap around services to suit every need.
“We are providing funding for a range of important projects – mobile outreach services, food trucks, community kitchen upgrades, drop-in centres and backpacks containing essential supplies, to name a few.”
The 19/20 Palaszczuk Government Budget commits a further $40 million to homelessness support, bringing the total funding for homelessness in Queensland to $180 million.