Bleijie boosts funding for vital homeless legal service
A FREE legal service for homeless people forecast to end next month has won a $200,000 funding injection.
Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie, speaking after a Law Week walk for justice, said he was a "huge fan" of community legal centres, having increased funding to those and an extra $750,000 to the women's legal service.
"Because of funding adjustments in other departments, that (homeless) program looked like it was going to come to an end," he said.
"I can advise I have authorised the expenditure of $200,000 to make sure the homeless legal services continue past June.
"We really want to make sure they're properly resourced to look at these issues for the homeless legal service and other pro bono services."
Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House, which runs the services for homeless people, arranges about $5 million of work each year through 1000 volunteers and wants to achieve 35 hours per lawyer each year.
The QPILCH 5km walk around Brisbane and Townsville involved more than 900 people and raised $40,000.