Catholic Social Services Victoria report reveals infrastructure challenges faced by region’s disadvantaged
A lack of housing is the biggest challenge facing disadvantaged and isolated people in the south-west, a new report reveals.
The Catholic Social Services Victoria (CSSV) report released this week outlined the social service and infrastructure needs of rural and regional communities in Warrnambool and surrounding areas.
The report reflects the experience of people working in their local communities with individuals and groups who face isolation, disadvantage and circumstances further exacerbated by COVID19.
Centacare chief executive Tony Fitzgerald said the report showed a lack of housing was “the biggest single issue facing the region”.
“The low level of pensions and benefits, increasing debt, unaffordable rent levels and relationship breakdown has resulted in increasing numbers of people in housing stress and seeking housing and homelessness assistance,” he said.
“Furthermore, the cost of living pressure has increased the number of requests for assistance and emergency relief. Community meals and breakfast clubs are provided every day of the week by a range of service and community clubs, churches and schools across Warrnambool.”
Article source: The Standard