Families sleep in cars – homeless numbers double

By Michael Sinclair-Jones

Did you know that Toodyay has 50 homeless people – including children – some of whom live in tents and cars on cold winter nights?

The number of homeless people in Toodyay has doubled this year, with more families living in cars, tents and sleeping bags, sometimes out in the open.

Local carer Roz Davidson said numbers peaked at 74 last month before falling this month to about 50 as nights grew colder.

One family with two children had moved into a shed in the Toodyay townsite after leaving a ramshackle house with mildewed walls that the landlord was selling.

“I have no idea how they keep warm at night,” Roz said.

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