Horizon pledges community support with barbecue
FOR most people in housing support, it’s difficult to try and overcome barriers to give something back to the community. But residents with Horizon Housing got that opportunity with their Community Barbecue on Friday, to help celebrate what’s great about Roma.
Not-for-profit housing provider Horizon Housing held one of their free barbecues in Roma on Friday, as a way of allowing residents to give something back to the community with funding assistance.
The local community rallied behind the event, with Woolworths, Commonwealth Bank, Mitre10, Crazy Sam’s, Golders Menswear, McDonalds and Toyworld Children’s Toys generously donating goods for the multi-draw raffle, and the Lions Club of Roma allowing use of their facilities and also offering their services to assist on the day.
Regional Area Manager for Horizon Housing Elise Waugh said the money would go back into the community to help those in need of housing assistance.
“It’s a way of supporting the community by allowing them to help support our tenants, and other support groups like Anglicare, Queensland Training and Act for Kids,” she said.
“A lot of people with housing support are elderly, so this event allows them to meet other people in the community.
“It’s thrilling to see people and local businesses get on board with it.”
Ms Waugh said affordable housing was especially important in a place like Roma, stating the decline in the resource boom would make it quilt difficult for the public to get housing.
“We still have people on the Coast waiting on the list, and we want to try and accommodate everyone in a good community like Roma,” she said.
“People are quite scared about Roma being quite isolated, but they often find it to be quite an inclusive community.
“We try to use these days to help our tenants get accommodated with other residents and the broader community, and show them it’s not isolated at all.”
Horizon Housing previously established its presence in Roma in 2013 with a Rent Assistance program and number of new affordable properties, working with a similar program organised by Santos GLNG.
Subject to meeting employment and income requirements, residents in the Maranoa region can apply for temporary accommodation or assistance with ongoing rental payments, bond money and emergency funds following an accident or illness.