Wollongong homeless man chooses jail rather than sleeping in railway station stairwell

Angela Thompson
Updated May 16 2023 - 7:59pm, first published 6:14pm
Hamilton Gervaise, who provides showers, meals and laundry services through his Fresh Start Mission Inc, says some of the city's homeless consider a jail cell more appealing than sleeping rough in winter. Picture: Adam McLean
Hamilton Gervaise, who provides showers, meals and laundry services through his Fresh Start Mission Inc, says some of the city's homeless consider a jail cell more appealing than sleeping rough in winter. Picture: Adam McLean

An elderly man has publicly chosen jail over a cold Wollongong stairwell in the latest damning chapter of the city's homelessness crisis.

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Angela Thompson

Angela Thompson

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Proudly Illawarra Mercury since 2008; these days covering crime and justice issues. UOW alum. Thrilled by the chase and sobered by some of the things I see and hear when I stand still - sometimes in the same day. ang.thompson@austcommunitymedia.com.au

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