Wesley Mission funded to coordinate emergency relief
Wesley Mission will be coordinating and supporting the provision of emergency relief to people in Sydney, Sutherland, Central Coast, Newcastle and Lake Macquarie, funded by the Department of Social Security (DSS).
The relief will support individuals and families in financial crisis through for everyday essentials such as food, clothing and utility bills, helping them build financial wellbeing, capability and resilience. It is being distributed by a range of agencies under the charge of Wesley Mission.
The vital need for emergency relief
Consumers accessing emergency relief usually have low or no income, making them vulnerable to unexpected expenses like medical costs and home repairs. Some have low financial literacy skills and/or difficulty living within their means, resulting in a lack of finance during times of crisis.
Wesley Supported Accommodation Executive Manager David Allen said the $1.5 million funding package will extend until June 2017.
“It will enhance Wesley Mission’s community partnerships to provide a network of services that can provide care and support to people in need,” he said.
“In each region, except for Newcastle, Wesley Mission will have a partnership with a direct service partner, such as Mission Australia and St Vincent de Paul Society of NSW, that already provides drop-in case management. This funding will allow Wesley Mission to support them and enhance their case management for a positive outcome.”
In Newcastle Wesley Mission will be providing emergency relief directly.
Access to emergency relief is considered a universal safety net for people experiencing financial distress or hardship and who have limited means or resources to help them.