Community has to foot the bill

Project going without state money

THE project to tackle the major problem of homelessness in the North East is continuing without State or Local Government funding.

THE project to tackle the major problem of homelessness in the North East is continuing without State or Local Government funding.

North East Support and Action for Youth (NESAY) has spent about 10 years working towards the goal of temporary accommodation for teenagers, but chief executive officer, Glen James, said with no support for funding applications, the project is relying on community donations and money from private fundraisers.

“There is no government funding around for this type of care,” she said.

“The board took a stand a year and a half ago and bought this building.”

She said it is unfortunate that primary prevention of homelessness is not a focus of the State Government.

Tim McCurdy (MLA, Murray Valley) said he has looked into funding before, but plans to meet with NESAY within the next couple of weeks to discuss more options in the upcoming state budget for the project.

“They certainly provide a valuable service to Wangaratta,” he said.

“While the books have been tight, we’ve been getting knockbacks.”

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