St Pat’s raises the rate

Fremantle Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

FOR some peo­ple, liv­ing off $39 a day is a re­al­ity.

Dur­ing Anti-Poverty Week, St Pa­trick’s Com­mu­nity Sup­port Cen­tre joined the Raise the Rate cam­paign, which sup­ports an in­creased New­start rate.

St Pat’s cri­sis ac­com­mo­da­tion case worker Prue said rais­ing the rate would en­able her clients to lead a more ful­fill­ing life.

“They will be able to pay their bills, go to ap­point­ments with­out the added stress,” she said.

“We are recog­nis­ing first and fore­most our clients are strug­gling to main­tain ac­cess to hous­ing, ad­dress their men­tal health is­sues and pre­scrip­tions.

“It would be one less strug­gle to deal with.”

She said a com­mon com­plaint by clients was the com­plex­ity of the sys­tem.

“If you don’t have sup­port or a worker with you that un­der­stands the process, many peo­ple give up or have no funds what­so­ever,” she said.

St Pat’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Michael Piu said there was no doubt rais­ing the rate was core to the mis­sion of end­ing homelessness.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

St Pa­trick's Com­mu­nity Sup­port Cen­tre CEO Michael Piu and cri­sis ac­com­mo­da­tion case worker Prue.

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