SLEEPING in their cars with no-where to go.
That’s the reality for many people in Gippsland, with alarming reports of scarce emergency accommodation in Wonthaggi.
You can only fit so many people in the Capital Motel, previously the old Miners Rest.
But the future of that building is unclear – it’s reported a proposed service station and fast food development keeps getting pushed back.
Nick Gartland works on the front desk at the Gippsland branch of the Salvation Army and speaks with many people who are struggling for accommodation.
“We need more affordable housing in Wonthaggi,” he told the Sentinel-Times at the Gippsland Regional Assembly last week.
“It is a big problem. Just last night, I found out someone slept in their car because there’s just nowhere for them to go.
“People are struggling day-to-day.”
Some people resort to sleeping in their cars at the Bass Caltex service station.
While estate lots are selling in Wonthaggi, titles are still months away. And despite land being much cheaper here than in metropolitan areas, the cost of land and a decent house is often out of reach for low-income families.