Free mobile charging for homeless

Courier Mail , December 15 2016

Homeless people in Logan were given a fillip on the weekend when more than $200,000 was allocated to help them stay in touch with family, friends and find work.

Housing Minister Mick de Brenni said Logan-based not-for-profit organisation YFS would receive $55,000 from the state government’s Dignity First Fund for eight mobile phone charging stations for homeless people.

YFS would also receive $171,000 a year for two years to deliver services to local youth experiencing homelessness, he said.

“We live in a digital age – whether it’s applying for jobs, contacting Centrelink, or just staying in touch with friends and family, smartphones have become a necessary part of everyday life for all of us,” Mr de Brenni said.

YFS chief executive Cath Bartolo said YFS’s Substation 33, which provides work experience for disadvantaged job seekers, would benefit from the grant. Substation 33’s use of recycled materials made the project more exciting, she said.

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