Happy ending for evicted Ballina man

DISABILITY pensioner Anthony Brock sought refuge in a bottle of liquor to cope with the prospect of living on the streets.

Now the Ballina man is working towards getting his life back in order after the Ballina and District Community Services Association managed to find Mr Brock a new place to live.

The Association will be assisting Mr Brock's move to his new home and furnish the place, a unit in Wardell that will cost $50 a week more than the $100 he currently pays.

Mr Brock's story was featured on the front page of The Northern Star in early August to highlight the crisis in affordable housing in the Northern Rivers.

Mr Brock and three other tenants living in a block of units in Fawcett Street were told to move out because new owners of the building wanted to renovate.

The units are to be used as motel-style tourist accommodation.

Mr Brock said he was relieved to have a new home, even though it would cost him more and it was away from the services he needed including his doctor and the hospital at Ballina.

“I would have preferred to stay in Ballina but there was nothing around,” Mr Brock said.

Ballina and District Community Services Association case manager Sharmaine Keogh said nothing had been available in Ballina for a price Mr Brock could afford.

“Affordable housing in the Northern Rivers is bad but in coastal areas it is outrageous,” Ms Keogh said.

“I'm over the moon every time I get someone into housing because it is so hard, it is the hardest part of my job.



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