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Friday, February 24, 2017
Australia: SVP launch winter appeal; poverty report
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¬†The St Vincent de Paul Society in New South Wales, Australia has launched its 2008 winter appeal and Social Justice research report 'Residents at Risk'. Barbara Ryan, president, SVP State Council NSW, writes in the FamVin newsletter: "We find that winter is a particularly tough time for the people we assist. Costs of food, clothing and heating continue to increase and those on low incomes struggle to make ends meet. This will be the case for many NSW families this winter. The homeless and marginalised in our community feel the effects of a cold, harsh winter. Many develop serious illnesses and the struggle to survive the winter months is a challenge that is very difficult to meet without the help of charitable organisations. "This winter, these people in need are joining with the St Vincent de Paul Society in calling attention to their plight and inviting the community at large to support them, particularly through the hard months ahead as increasing numbers of people are forced on to the streets or into financial, emotional or psychological crisis." Vinnies provides warm clothes, blankets, shelter, rent and electricity payment and assistance, and most importantly ≠ friendship and support to people in need. The demand on the resources of the St Vincent de Paul Society is often greater during winter and this is why we are appealing for public support through the 2008 Winter Appeal. The new report examines the predicament of disadvantaged caravan park residents in selected locations across the state. Primarily drawing on interviews with Society members conducting regular visitation with residents, the report also incorporates conversations with residents, a special case study, and statistical analysis to, firstly, build an account of marginalised caravan park residency and associated challenges; and secondly, present a series of informed recommendations. Barbara Ryan writes: "An alarming number of disadvantaged men, women, children and families are left with no option but to reside indefinitely in caravan parks across NSW, one step away from homelessness. For an increasing number of people, caravan parks are a form of stop gap housing ≠ an improvised form of crisis accommodation. For most people, what was initially intended as a temporary or transitional housing option ≠ just until they 'get back on their feet' ≠ turns into a long term cycle of deprivation and marginalisation. For more information, see:
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