Darwin Mayor proposes relocating rough sleepers to suburbs, but what do the homeless think?

Darwin Mayor proposes relocating rough sleepers to suburbs, but what do the homeless think?

Jack became homeless because of “a few things”, among them trouble with a child support agency.

“It just sort of stemmed from there, I suppose,” Jack, who uses a nickname because he comes from a small town, said.

He is on a priority wait list for government-subsidised housing.

His other concern is finding steady work, and he spent most of Tuesday afternoon this week at a job centre.

“I have picked up a few jobs since I’ve been homeless, but it’s a bit hard sort of trying to go to work and getting up and putting boots on when you’re homeless,” he told ABC Radio Darwin‘s Conor Byrne.

Until a stable roof and income are found, he will spend most nights in a bush camp — a tarpaulin laid in temporary sleeping spots in Darwin’s inner suburbs — close to the agencies and services he relies on.