There is a critical shortage of emergency accommodation for the homeless not just in the Logan area, but also across Australia. In the Logan region, there are an estimated 1,205 individuals and families sleeping outdoors or in temporary, unsuitable or unsafe accommodation every night (ABS, 2016). Sheltered by Grace helps the homeless from right across Queensland through our supported accommodation facility. We currently provide around 450 bed nights per month for people transitioning out of homelessness with a wraparound support model encompassing housing, rehabilitation, employment, emotional, physical and financial health.
We are expanding our existing facility in 2019 to include a "Homeless Transformation Centre" that will provide additional accommodation, counselling, rehabilitation and training services. This will allow Sheltered by Grace to provide an extra 300 bed nights per month, effectively assisting up to 60 people per year to transition into living independently in the community. The Centre will also house a Workshop for training in real-world employment skills, including the repair and maintenance of vehicles to assist local disadvantaged community members in gaining employment.
Some items will be sourced through donation, and in-kind labour will be used for construction of the "murphy" beds, cabinetry and other furnishings. Once built and properly equipped, the Homeless Transition Centre will deliver a fully self-funded program that improves the independence, safety and well-being of participants, and delivers positive social outcomes for the broader community.