Additional safe places for women and children escaping domestic and family violence will be available on the Sunshine Coast following a $2.6 million Morrison Government Safe Places grant announced for Coast2Bay Housing Group.
Assistant Minister for Community Housing, Homelessness and Community Services, Luke Howarth joined Sunshine Coast Federal MPs Ted O’Brien and Andrew Wallace to congratulate Coast2Bay.
Assistant Minister Howarth said the funding would make a very real difference to Queensland women and children.
“The grant will allow Coast2Bay to provide additional safe places for around 48 women and children each year experiencing violence,” assistant Minister Howarth says.
“Through the Safe Places grant, the Government is helping ensure emergency accommodation is available and delivered to vulnerable women and children.”
Federal member for Fairfax, Ted O’Brien, says keeping women and children safe is a priority.
“There are women and children living in fear in their own homes,” Mr O’Brien says.
“When women make the very difficult decision to leave their home it is vital that they have somewhere safe to go.”
Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace also welcomed the grant funding.
“Last year I hosted the assistant Minister for a Homelessness roundtable and we heard about the demand for emergency accommodation across the Sunshine Coast.
Coast2Bay is helping fill this need and support vulnerable women and children,” Mr Wallace says.