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Back row - Glen Newell, Marg McKenzie, Angela May, Frances Harper, Emily Baxter, Terry Ryder Front row - Jody Blackburn, Ana Greenfield, Julia Peddie

Back row – Glen Newell, Marg McKenzie, Angela May, Frances Harper, Emily Baxter, Terry Ryder
Front row – Jody Blackburn, Ana Greenfield, Julia Peddie

Last month, the HT article by Julia Peddie (not Veronica Davidson – apologies) gained a lot of traction.

The ‘Spare Rooms Information Session’ brought locals together to discuss opening their homes to address the desperate shortfall in the region’s rental accommodation, and help with emergency accommodation (pictured).

Discussion also included short-term storage and interim pet care for people ‘between houses’.

“When people become aware of the crises people are facing, they just want to help. People offer space for different reasons, some owners just want company, others need help with their mortgage or want gardening in exchange” said Julia.

The group will hold its first monthly gathering at Marketplace Café in Maleny from 2-4pm, April 12.

People interested in joining a network of housing hosts to be matched with suitable guests are invited to attend. Phone Angela 0459 495 650, or email juliapeddie68@gmail.com.

A new community steering group aimed at finding affordable housing solutions in Maleny will meet at MNC from 11.30am-1pm, April 14.