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Albert & Logan News

More than 5000 calls were received from people who were homeless or at risk of becoming homeless last financial year by one of Logan’s leading services organisations.

Youth and Family Services chief executive and co-chairwoman of anti-Poverty Week (October 11-17) gave Australians an opportunity to highlight issues of poverty and hardship on “our own doorstep”.

Ms Bartolo said when people were struggling financially they experienced other types of poverty like less connection to their community, poorer health, less participation in education.

“Poverty is all consuming. It’s not a choice,” she said. “It’s not just about finances. When you’re living below or near the poverty line, day to day life is incredibly stressful.”

Ms Bartolo said of the almost 9000 calls YFS responded to during 2014-2015, 5000 calls were related to homelessness or risk of.

“Many people in Logan are struggling with the cost of house,” Ms Bartolo said.

“Trying to find housing that’s affordable with some security or tenure can be a real challenge.”