Teen finds her feet at centre

Gavin Clinch, Candice Indich, Cassy Clinch and Kelly Peel. Karnany Aboriginal centre is having a function for Homelessness Prevention Week. Picture: David Baylis  d441334
Gavin Clinch, Candice Indich, Cassy Clinch and Kelly Peel. Karnany Aboriginal centre is having a function for Homelessness Prevention Week. Picture: David Baylis d441334

The centre welcomes all folks, Aboriginal or not, for emergency relief, psychological services, alcohol and drug support, housing support and financial hardship.

More than 10,000 Western Australians are estimated to be homeless, and in Midland the situation is getting worse according to staff at Karnany.

Lack of housing, high prices of accommodation and drug and alcohol issues are cited as the common causes.

For Kelly Malone (19), it was the abuse she received at home that pushed her to leave; first to friends� couches and eventually to the streets.

It was the sprinklers on a football oval she was trying to sleep on that pushed her to seek help from Swan Emergency Accommodation and Karnany.

She met her boyfriend at a youth centre during her time at a hostel and is now looking forward to having her first child.

�I�m amazed at how it all turned out � I feel like I�ve finally found my feet,� she said.

Karnany manager Jill Pearce said that staff believed in giving people a hand up, not a hand out.

�We hear their stories, provide a range of emergency services and are linked to many other support services in the Midland area,� she said.