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Charities call for unity on homelessness

Kyabram St Vincent de Paul say a unified approach must be taken to tackle homeslessness in the town.

May 28, 2014 3:00am

St Vincent de Paul St Augustine's Conference Kyabram members (from left) Julie Purdey, Michael Villani (treasurer), John Lilford, Dennis Wood, Noelene Small and Wayne Mulcahy (president). on CAPTION: St Vincent de Paul St Augustine's Conference Kyabram members (from left) Julie Purdey, Michael Villani (treasurer), John Lilford, Dennis Wood, Noelene Small and Wayne Mulcahy (president).


 

Local charity organisations are calling for greater unity in a bid to help manage the growing homeless crisis facing Kyabram.

St Vincent de Paul Kyabram president Wayne Mulcahy said homelessness was a serious issue facing the community, despite the causes being well known.

‘‘The reasons why it happens, the obvious ones, are family breakdown, domestic violence and a whole lot of things that can cause people to get kicked out of their houses,’’ he said.

‘‘Drugs are also a big one, we see a lot of people on cocaine or ice that get evicted because when they are affected by those things, they can’t often pay rent and run out of money and have nowhere to live.’’

Mr Mulcahy said it was up to local charity groups to make an effort to co-ordinate with each other to help deal with the problem.

‘‘We currently, and it’s one thing I would like to explore because I am new in this job, have little interaction with other agencies in the town but I can see a benefit in doing more there,’’ he said.

You can find the full story in the print edition of the Kyabram Free Press.

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