Toowoomba single mother Jessica Williamson has two weeks to find a home for her four children (from left) Loorea, Travis, Leighla and Tristan Sayers.
Toowoomba single mother Jessica Williamson has two weeks to find a home for her four children (from left) Loorea, Travis, Leighla and Tristan Sayers. Kevin Farmer

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A BACKLOG of desperate families living in crisis accommodation has left a single Toowoomba mother-of-four facing homelessness.

Jessica Williamson has lived in Salvation Army housing in Wilsonton for the past six months.

Her tenure will expire in a fortnight - the unavoidable result of a severe rental shortage.

Months spent scouring internet advertisements has failed to turn up any results for her and her four children, the eldest just five years old.

"Before this, the kids and I were living in a tent in their aunt and uncle's backyard," Ms Williamson said.

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"We have to be out whether we have a home or not. They can't extend it any more, apparently."

The Salvation Army in Toowoomba receives shelter requests from 20 families each week and up to 10 single men.

Single women and couples are not accommodated due to outdated government funding models.

"Looking back to the 70s and 80s, when a family separated, the male generally didn't have the skills to run a home," centre manager Stan Gittins said.

"The government put forward funding for those people who needed it.

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"Now we are tremendously overwhelmed by the number of people seeking accommodation."

Ms Williamson has been approved for Department of Housing accommodation but is yet to find a home.

"I've looked online every day. I've been calling owners," she said.

"The only other option I have is to sell or throw out all the kids' stuff and go back to Sydney to live with my family.

"I don't want to do that. We moved here to give the kids a better life."

The Salvation Army's crisis accommodation centre in Toowoomba can be contacted on 4639 1998.

Offers of rental properties for the young Toowoomba family can be directed to Jessica Williamson on 0490 013 776.



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