Vinnies calls for housing and income support

This Anti-Poverty Week, the St Vincent de Paul Society National Council is strengthening its calls for urgent investment in social housing and more realistic income support in the face of escalating family and domestic violence.

“Long-term structural changes in housing and income support are essential,” Vinnies national president Claire Victory said.

“The current base rate of income support of $44 a day is so inadequate that women are forced to remain in violent relationships. Compounding income and financial insecurity is the chronic and growing shortfall in crisis, transitional and long-term accommodation options.

“Action is needed right now with an urgent investment in emergency accommodation to ensure the safety of a growing cohort of single women, including older women, and women and their children.”

Read the article on CathNews and the media release from the St. Vincent de Paul Society.