AnglicareSA launches Winter Appeal
The harsh economic climate has seen an increase in South Australians seeking emergency financial assistance, the State’s largest social services provider, AnglicareSA has reported.
In 2012, more than 5,000 South Australians accessed Anglicare’s financial counseling and financial literacy programs and with rising rental and power bill costs, this demand is constantly increasing.
- 5,985 people are experiencing homelessness in South Australia;
- You don’t have to be a rough sleeper to be classed as homeless. Many (52% in South Australia) ‘couch surf’, stay with other households, seek other temporary lodging or join severely overcrowded dwellings;
- Approximately 17,845 children nationally under the age of 12 will be homeless tonight. (Source: Homelessness Australia.)
In launching their Winter Appeal, AnglicareSA Chief Executive Officer, Peter Sandeman said that the gap between surviving and living in poverty was becoming smaller.
“Increasingly, we are seeing that it doesn’t take much for local families to go from surviving to living in poverty. Sometimes a power bill, a rental or mortgage payment can be the difference between maintaining a secure home or experiencing the devastation of homelessness,”Mr Sandeman said.
“Homelessness figures should not be seen as numbers on a piece of paper and tossed around as if we see this as ‘normal’ in our society. They are someone’s mother, father, son or daughter, sister or brother.
“Unfortunately at times we witness the plight of very young children facing an uncertain sense of security as a family unit attempts to stay together in the face of the most unbearable of situations.”
“Homelessness can touch each and every one of us. Funds raised through the Anglicare Winter Appeal will allow us to continue to support local families.”
AnglicareSA Financial and Housing Inclusion Senior Manager, Christine Bell said that the organisation’s emergency assistance programs sought to step in and help people before they become homeless.
“Over the past year, we have seen an increase in the number of people seeking support from Anglicare – many for the first time.
“People are really struggling to meet their everyday living expenses. By the time people access our services they have already exhausted all reserves, and any savings they may have had are now depleted.
It’s a financial hardship which could happen to anybody.”
Anglicare’s Emergency Assistance programs help clients get their budgets back on track through a range of money management and financial counseling programs.
Funds raised by the AnglicareSA Winter Appeal will also support the homeless, by contributing towards the purchase of appropriate, lightweight and hygienic swags to help keep the State’s homeless safe, warm and dry in the winter cold.