HOMELESS: Eddie Pyke and his partner Jasmine Hopkins with their son, Slater, 17 months. The family has been living in their car, camping and couch surfing.
HOMELESS: Eddie Pyke and his partner Jasmine Hopkins with their son, Slater, 17 months. The family has been living in their car, camping and couch surfing. Brett Wortman

Couple desperate for a place to call home

A YOUNG Sunshine Coast family has made an emotional plea for help after months of living rough.

Eddie Pyke and his partner Jasmine Hopkins, both 26, have been homeless since November after a disagreement with their landlord.

They have been forced to couch surf, sleep in a tent and even resorted to living in their car during the wet weather.

Mr Pyke, who was employed when they first became homeless, said he tried everything he could think of to secure a place to stay so he could provide stability for his then 15-month-old son Slater.

They were constantly knocked back by real estate agencies and never heard back when they applied for private vacancies.

Luckily, Slater has been staying at his grandmother's Palmwoods home.

The family was able to spend three nights over Christmas together at Ms Hopkin's mother's home, but it was not a long-term solution.

The separation has taken an emotional toll on the parents, who sometimes go for days without seeing their son as Mr Pyke tries to find work as a cleaner after losing his main contract just before Christmas.

He said they had contacted emergency accommodation organisations including the government's housing commission, Coast2Bay, the Lions Emergency Accommodation Centre and Salvation Army, but had been told there was nothing available on the Sunshine Coast.

"The closest (house) they could get us is in Emerald," he said.

In the post on Gumtree, Ms Hopkins said no one had given them a chance.

"I am begging for someone to give us a chance, some beautiful person with a kind heart," she wrote.

"I'm begging anyone out there that can please help me, you will be my hero forever."

The couple can afford $300 a week in rent.

If you can help with accommodation or work for Mr Hopkins, visit http://tinyurl.com/ls9zobn.


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