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Housing for all

MIDLAND-based homelessness lifeline Indigo Junction is working on plans to provide housing options for singles and couples.

Chief executive Sharon Gough said a lack of housing meant homeless couples and singles had no alternative but to leave their local circle of support.

“There is no local accommodation available for that cohort,” she said.

“We can refer them to facilities in the inner city, but they don’t want to go, they want to stay in Midland.

“It is not just about where they sleep, it’s about many other things like being connected to their community.”

Ms Gough said while Indigo Junction’s youth crisis care centre is on track to begin construction early next year, the organisation has its sights set on establishing housing for singles and couples locally with programs already in place to do so.

“We would like to be able to provide accommodation for that cohort and we are looking at opportunities all the time,” she said.

“We offer relationship-based services and trauma informed services, because the experience of being homeless is traumatic and frightening.”

By Morgan de Smidt 


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