Topics:  accommodation, family, public housing, rent connect, rockhampton

Family faces life on the streets

Jody and Kyran Campion with their children, Olivia, 12, Hudson, 8, Cruz, 6, Axel, 5, Shelby, 4, Maleescha, 2, and Laylen, eight months.
Jody and Kyran Campion with their children, Olivia, 12, Hudson, 8, Cruz, 6, Axel, 5, Shelby, 4, Maleescha, 2, and Laylen, eight months. Allan Reinikka

PACKED moving cartons line the walls of the Frenchville house Jody and Kyran Campion and their seven children currently call home.

It has been two weeks since their lease ran out on the property and after two months of searching for a new home, the couple are at their wits' end.

After prematurely giving birth to their youngest child Laylen last year, Jody and the baby spent 13 weeks in a hospital in Brisbane.

Meanwhile, with six other children - some not yet school age - back at home, Kyran was forced to stop working to care for the other children.

"Every day we are on the internet looking for a new home, reading the papers and calling real estate agents," Jody said.

"So far we've put in 90 applications for different four or five bedroom houses - the only size that we could have with all the kids.

"Out of those, we had 28 get all the way to the owners before we were knocked back.

"We've also been put back on the list for public housing, but there are so few four or five bedroom homes in town, we can't even get a look-in.

"We've just been lucky that while we search we haven't been given a notice to leave yet."

For weeks Jody has been scanning social media websites for Rockhampton rentals, and the family has even joined the government's Rent Connect service, which helps families find new accommodation.

But she said despite them never having missed a rental payment, and having a perfect record of getting bonds paid back, they still could not find a new home.

"We've even looked at emergency accommodation but there's nowhere that would cater to a large family like ours," Jody said.

"I even spoke to a couple of local members (of Parliament), but they said the market was so tight there was nothing they could do.

"We were born here and our children go to local schools. All we hope is that there might be someone out there with a house coming up who might be able to rent it to us."


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