Housing and homelessness: ‘We all need to work together’

A community housing professional with 25 years’ experience in the sector has expressed the immediate need for a federal housing minister and a Bega Valley services hub.

Sapphire Coast Tenancy Scheme CEO Sue Ogier raised the issues after Wednesday’s housing and homelessness roundtable at Club Bega. Ms Ogier said it was disappointing staff from organisations like South East Women and Children’s Services, who deal with youth homelessness, are being forced to work out of a car.

She said a centrally located housing “hub” is needed in the region. The idea would allow for all services and organisations in the sector to be available to residents in a single building, she said.

“We all need to work together. The Bega Valley Shire is such a large shire, and very isolating for people in places like Bermagui and Eden,” Ms Ogier said.

While Corangamite MP Sarah Henderson is currently assistant housing minister, Ms Ogier said more needs to be done in streamlining what is becoming an increasingly complex sector.

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Source: Bega District News