As the St Vincent de Paul Society responds to a growing demand for services following the end of JobKeeper and cuts to JobSeeker, the charity is seeking donations to help support people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
Launching the Vinnies Winter Appeal today, national president Claire Victory said historically low wages and cuts to income support, coupled with rising house prices and the decline in affordable rental accommodation, are pushing more families into homelessness.
“This has been exacerbated by the economic impact from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Ms Victory said.
“The Government’s coronavirus supplement helped keep many struggling families afloat over the past year. When that safety net disappeared at the end of March, it left the most vulnerable members of our community with nowhere to turn. In the second year of the pandemic, families are fighting to stay in their own homes, and right around the country it is children who are bearing the greatest burden.
“As temperatures drop, more people are living in cars, couch surfing or sleeping in situations that put them at risk.”
Ms Victory said the society is providing vital services and support for individuals and families facing financial hardship.
“Our members and volunteers are on the frontlines every day, working with families, intervening early to help people find accommodation as quickly as possible and supporting people to maintain stable housing,” Ms Victory said.
“With generous support from the public, we can help maintain the dignity of those on the edge and restore hope to people who have fallen on hard times.”
Details: 2021 Vinnies Winter Appeal or call 13 18 12.
Vinnies launches 2021 Winter Appeal to support homelessness (St Vincent de Paul Society)