Why the WA community comes first in times of crisis
Time and time again over the past few years, Western Australia’s generous community spirit has shone when it is needed most.
We’ve seen Sandgropers come together in the face of natural disasters to help the less fortunate, donate from afar to causes close to their hearts but geographically distant, and stay away for the greater good as the world grapples. with the consequences of an unprecedented pandemic.
While geography and politics have meant that many Western Australians were isolated from the effects of COVID-19 in early 2020, not all in the community have been so lucky. And for some, the impact is only now being felt.
As we move into the winter months of 2021, more and more men, women and children in our community find themselves in positions where help is needed – magnified by a range of unrelated factors. their will.
The housing market is tight
There have been a lot of headlines lately around the growing demand for housing in Perth.
While homeowners can benefit, families looking to rent or buy face a situation where prices go up and supply goes down.
According to REIWA data recorded at the end of the March quarter, rental vacancy rates in Perth have been below 1% since the June 2020 quarter, while median rents have increased by more than $ 50 per week for homes and units since the end of the rent moratorium in March.
It’s a trend that is pushing those already struggling – including low wages, casual workers and single parents – into housing uncertainty and even homelessness.
Wages do not increase much
Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics released in May showed that for the March 2021 quarter, Western Australia saw an increase in the wage index of just 0.4%, the lowest level in the country. in a state where the price of living is clearly increasing.
This means that even those who work can struggle to make ends meet.
The end of the JobKeeper grant in March, which had helped companies retain staff during the first year of the pandemic, is creating more uncertainty for the employment of vulnerable people.
JobSeeker has been reduced
When JobSeeker’s payment was reduced from $ 550 to $ 250 per week in September of last year, it pushed 370,000 Australians below the poverty line, including 80,000 children.
A second cut from $ 250 to $ 150 in January this year did the same for another 190,000 people, including 50,000 children nationwide.
At present, it is estimated that more than 25,000 children under the age of 18 are homeless every night across the country.
It’s a worrisome statistic at any time of the year, but particularly worrisome as the rain arrives and the nights get colder.
How can I help you?
It is in times of adversity like these that the generosity of Western Australians really shines through. Vinnies WA members and volunteers are on the front lines, providing services and support to those facing difficulties and helping them find and maintain stable housing.
With the generous support of the public, Vinnies is helping to maintain the dignity of those on the brink and give hope to those who have gone through difficult times.