Tent town turmoil as homelessness “explodes”

Homelessness degrees are “exploding” in Logan as struggling locals flock to neighborhood car parks to set up camp.

Area inhabitants have described the recent tent metropolis at the Eagleby Wetlands as “out of control”.

“It’s genuinely exploded out right here,” a single nearby stated.

“I’ve lived right here 30 many years and I have never ever found something like it.”

Tens of automobiles, vans, tents and other non permanent shelters have been established up in the Eagleby Wetlands carpark, up coming to Olivers Sports Intricate.

“It’s definitely outstanding how it has gone from no a single to a handful of individuals in the course of Covid, to 30 or 40 vehicles now and some men and women who really do not have cars – it appears like a caravan park,” the resident claimed.

She reported she lived behind the wetlands and could not think what she observed every single evening.

“A large amount of men and women really do not come to feel protected,” she said.

“Council spent all this income on a playground, but folks are tenting appropriate upcoming to it.”

Regional homeless service YFS has lately witnessed a “significant raise in men and women residing in automobiles and tents” at the wetlands.

CEO Christopher John stated nearly 20 for every cent of community homeless people today ended up sleeping out in the open up with no shelter.

“The YFS Outreach crew goes out to locations the place persons are recognized to be sleeping rough in tents, motor vehicles or short-term shelters,” Mr John mentioned.

“Since this new group started out in January 2024, we have presently supported much more than 100 homeless individuals.

“Most of these folks are sleeping in a tent or a car, but practically just one in 5 experienced no dwelling and were sleeping in the open up.”

Just 5 minutes throughout the freeway at Hugh Muntz Park in Beenleigh is a further tent and motor vehicle metropolis.

Logan has the optimum level of homelessness in the location with 1,687 people today homeless (.49 per cent of the inhabitants), in accordance to the 2021 census.

And the range has significantly greater due to the fact then, according to a council report.

At a modern council meeting, neighborhood councillor Karen Murphy reported council personnel assisted men and women where by they could.

“There’s so lots of people out there that are striving to assist these individuals, and at the conclusion of the working day they are individuals who are just like us,” she mentioned.

“We verify on all sorts of persons and check out to assist them wherever we quite possibly can.”

Cr Murphy explained it was “just not possible” to have individuals “living in our parks forever”.

“Division 12 has two major precincts, Hugh Muntz Park which is an overnight continue to be, and Olivers precinct,” she stated.

“We’ve experienced up to 80 people at any presented time inside of these spots.”

She explained issues experienced been exacerbated in the latest months due to floods, housing shortages, and Christmas.

“All these persons are folks and we’re all trying to meet their specific needs.”

Mr John said YFS was obtaining all over 130 get in touch with each and every 7 days from persons searching for assist with housing.

“With rents in Logan expanding by a lot more than 50 per cent about the last 3 a long time and the expense of dwelling continuing to climb, we are observing a lot more people today in economic difficulty,” he claimed.

“77 for each cent of the people today who get in touch with us about homelessness report housing affordability pressure as one particular of their top worries, in contrast with 45 per cent 6 months back.”