Brighton East homeless shelter plan: locals air worries about violence, drugs at public meeting

Hundreds of people have swamped a public meeting held over a controversial plan for a homeless shelter on South Rd.

Under the State Government move, five portable units would be placed on the vacant site on the corner of Barnett St, providing temporary housing for rough sleepers.

But locals fear an influx of “ex-criminals” and “drug and alcohol addicts”.

During an hour-long fiery Q&A session neighbours raised concerns about drug use on site, community safety, and anti-social behaviour.

Russell McDonald, who lives nears the site, said neighbours had legitimate concerns and were not being petty.

“I’m not against public housing, please don’t get me wrong,” he said.

“There’s a street load of kids (here) that walk to the bus stop, and they’re going to pass, what I have been told, (people who will) have drug issues, alcohol issues, mental issues and need 24/7 support.”

A representive confirmed there will be no sex offenders on site.

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