Caravan fix on homeless

Saskia AdystiAlbany Advertiser
The town of Denmark.
Camera IconThe town of Denmark. Credit: Stephen Scourfield The West Australian

The face of homelessness varies from town to town — and in the quaint coastal town of Denmark, long-term residents are the ones often forced to sleep rough.

Due to high demand for holiday homes and a lack of affordable rentals, long-term Denmark residents are finding themselves without permanent homes.

To help tackle this issue, Denmark Homeless Project organiser Hazel Moon is raising funds to buy second-hand caravans to give the down-and-out a place to stay.

“The biggest group of homeless people here in Denmark are probably the single parents or someone with disabilities or mental health issues,” she said.

“They are living from pay cheque to pay cheque and struggling to get a permanent house.

“Often they lurch from different place to another every six months.

“And when they haven’t got a proper place to stay, they sleep in their car or couch surfing while they’re waiting for rentals.”

Ms Moon said purchasing caravans and putting them temporarily at people’s farms or backyard could be an ideal solution to help long-term residents cope with housing stress.

“We got people getting pneumonia after sleeping rough in empty sheds during winter,” she said.

“So it would help greatly if we have a warm place for them to stay temporarily during this rough season.”

To help, visit caravans-for-homeless-project-denmark or check out the Denmark Homeless Project Facebook page.

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