Anita Collins with daughters Phoenix (2) and Nikita (10 mths) have 7 days to find a new home
Anita Collins with daughters Phoenix (2) and Nikita (10 mths) have 7 days to find a new home Chris Ison

Single mum desperately seeking shelter in Rockhampton

FOR the past four months, single mum of two Anita Collins has been searching for a rental property in the Rockhampton region but with no luck.

Now time is running out.

Anita, 22, yesterday said she had only 10 days to find a new place or face becoming homeless.

Anita, who lives in the Tanby area, has been searching in Rockhampton and Yeppoon for rental properties as the house she is in will be sold at the start of next month.

"I've applied for five different properties through different agents and wasn't hearing any response from them after submitting my application," Anita said.

She said she was living in the CWA shelter a few months ago but couldn't keep paying the rent.

"It was costing me $280 per week for one bedroom," she said.

"For a stay-at-home mum on Centrelink wages, I can't afford that price."

Rockhampton's rental vacancy rate at the end of last year was 2.7%, having eased from below 1% at the end of 2011.

REIQ Rockhampton zone chairman Noel Livingston said yesterday the rental market was hard one to get into.

"Vacancy rates have always been tight," Mr Livingstone said.

"Multiple applications are always coming through for rental properties and Rockhampton has a really high rental market.

"For people in desperate situations it can be a stressful time but our door is always open."

 

- Madeline McDonald



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