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New guide gives support to community in need

6 August 2015

A new guide designed to support those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness has been officially launched.

Logan Bayside Health Network Executive Director Brett Bricknell said the Logan Street Services Guide provided practical, relevant and useful information on where to get help with a variety of issues that impact on people experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of homelessness in the Logan area.

He said while it was not the first of its kind, it was the first for Logan and demonstrated a wonderful collaboration existing between the organisations directly involved or engaged with the Logan Housing and Homelessness Network.

Mr Bricknell said the Guide was developed following a Logan Homelessness Community Action Plan meeting held in late 2013.

He said the meeting was attended by multiple government and nongovernment organisations including Metro South Health’s Health Equity and Access Unit, which provided services to people who were homeless or at risk of homelessness.

“Discussion at the forum highlighted the need for a service directory which could provide those who were either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless
with information and importantly, connect them to services available to them in the Logan District,” he said.

The Logan Street Services Guide is a comprehensive resource for not only those who find themselves knocked sideways by one of those unexpected events, but it will also be a valuable tool for those working to connect people to the services they need.

A person is considered to be experiencing homelessness if they are:

  • sleeping rough
  • staying with friends or relatives
  • staying in specialist homelessness accommodation
  • living in boarding houses or caravan parks with no secure lease.

Homelessness is a complex issue and its causes and effects are diverse.  Homelessness impacts on a person’s health and they have poorer health outcomes than the general population including higher hospital and accident and emergency presentation and representation.

The guide can be downloaded at the Logan City Council website.

Pictured: Logan Bayside Health Network Executive Director Brett Bricknell with Lyn Duncan and Brooke Hutchison from the Health Equity and Access Unit at the launch of the Logan Street Services Guide.

Last updated 30 November 2016
Last reviewed 6 August 2015

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