When Ashlie lost her full-time job in her late 50s, her low income was very limiting.
“I had to go without at least seven meals in order to afford a haircut,” she said.
“Seeing a medical specialist was now out of the question, let alone a dentist. I had a couple of friends who provided me with some food so I could pay my rent.”
In April 2020, Ashlie was unable to afford a private rental, and she became homeless. Since then, Ashlie has transitioned between emergency accommodation and staying with friends for short periods of time.
Ashlie’s story is familiar to so many people struggling to get by on income support.
That’s why, here at SECC, we run a food relief program to support people with their basic needs – so they can focus on their deeper needs.
Find out more about The People’s Pantry in Mascot here.
The low rate of income support, along with skyrocketing rental costs and a shortage of social and affordable housing is creating financial distress and forcing people into homelessness. Even though we’re one of the wealthiest countries in the world.
This week is Anti-Poverty Week, and organisations such as Everybody’s Home and Raise the Rate for Good are calling on the Federal Government to increase Jobseeker and other income support payments.
Investing further in social housing will also help more people cover the basics and keep a safe roof over their head.
You can also get more support to people in need in south-east Sydney by donating to SECC here.
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