Illawarra Mercury, September 30 2013
The Piccadilly Centre has been called many things – an eyesore, a hotspot of crime, even an “enclave of scumbags” in a 2012 Brand Wollongong report. But for a slice of the Illawarra’s most at-risk people, Piccadilly is something else entirely – home.
For years, the Piccadilly Motor Inn has been a last resort for the region’s homeless. Whether referred by agencies including Housing NSW or the Department of Community Services, or arriving on the doorstep with a suitcase in one hand and a child in the other, Piccadilly has long been a refuge for people and families without options.