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People of Cessnock is a blog by local resident, Rebecca Murray. The project seeks to value the people of her home town by sharing their stories value and raising the profile of people living outside metropolitan areas.

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“I don’t have a very good story but I’ve got one.

I’m currently homeless. It’s been hard. I’ve been here for about two years now and, yeah … just really struggling. Being back on the dole now, I don’t really have enough money to be able to rent on my own. And there’s just not enough homelessness organisations to help you and that sort of thing. So, it’s a real struggle, day to day.

I’ve been in emergency accommodation. I’m in a motel at the moment but I’ve been going backwards and forwards between that and couch hopping. It’s not a nice situation to be in.

I’ve been homeless since my dad passed away. He passed away two years ago. So, since then it’s been a bit of a roller coaster.

He died from a heart attack. I was his carer. And with that allowance we were renting a property. So, when he died I had my payments cut off for twelve weeks while they put me on the dole. I was evicted and, like I said, I just haven’t been able to find a way to move forward.

It’s not really fair. So, because of that I had to put my kids with family … and I lost my kids that way. So, it’s been rough.

I see them probably once a month. I’m going to pick up my son tonight for the first time in about 6 months.”

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