St Pat’s raises the rate
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.
St Patrick's Community Support Centre CEO Michael Piu and crisis accommodation case worker Prue.