Katherine’s homeless rate is 31 times the national average, but one service is helping close the gap

Having somewhere to wash your clothes, take a shower and have a meal is something many take for granted.

For those living rough in Katherine, answering those basic needs has been a daily struggle.

That’s why in October last year the Salvation Army launched the Katherine Doorways Hub — a community space and drop-in centre to support people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness in Katherine.

It’s a one-stop shop where a person can be connected to a whole range of local services, including social supports, legal advice, financial counselling, and alcohol rehabilitation.

There is also hot food, access to showers and toilets, and free use of washing machines and dryers.

“We give away whatever we’ve got to give away, really,” said the Salvation Army’s Captain Julie Howard.

“Five days a week there’s beautiful soup and bread… so it’s improving people’s physical health because they’re having healthy food each day and they’re able to clean their clothes and clean themselves.”

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Source: ABC