Boarding houses come at high price for Brisbane battlers

Reprinted from the Brisbane Times.  Read the whole article here.

Battlers in Brisbane’s inner-city boarding houses are now paying more rent than those living in government-subsidised crisis housing.

Major Bryce Davies, who works in the Salvation Army’s Streetlevel service in Fortitude Valley, said Brisbane’s accommodation disparity was appalling.

“The irony is that the guys who are staying in fantastic accommodation that is government subsidised are paying about $170 a week,” Major Davies said.

“Then the guy who is living in absolute squalor in a boarding houses with a door that’s falling off, is paying around $175 a week. It’s ridiculous.”

Accomodation is $140 a week at the Salvation Army’s Pindari Men’s Hostel in Spring Hill.

Major Davies said up to 20 people were crammed into some boarding houses, with some boarding house owners failing to keep their accommodation in good condition.

“My own experience of boarding houses is that the prices are absurd,” he said.

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