Local community organisation, Chester Hill Neighbourhood Centre has been providing Emergency Relief funding to help people in desperate need for more than 20 years.
Despite helping more than 900 local residents experiencing financial crisis every year, the Abbott Government has decided not to renew Chester Hill Neighbourhood Centre’s funding.
This $200,000 funding cut means Chester Hill Neighbourhood Centre will no longer be able to provide food, transport or chemist vouchers, part-payment of outstanding bills and rent as well as household goods and clothing to the most vulnerable members of our community.
Federal Member for Blaxland, Jason Clare MP said today he is appalled by the Abbott Government’s decision.
“This just shows how out of touch Tony Abbott is. The Prime Minister has made it a priority to knight Prince Phillip but can’t provide emergency assistance for people who can’t afford to feed their kids or keep a roof over their heads,” Mr Clare said.
Dale Donadel, Manager at Chester Hill Neighbourhood Centre said that without this funding they will no longer be able to assist people needing urgent help.
“We are concerned that this funding cut means the most disadvantaged residents of our community won’t have any access to any emergency relief services,” Ms Donadel said.
Emergency Relief is also an important gateway to other support services that can help people deal with more complex issues, including:
- financial counselling
- drug and alcohol support
- crisis accommodation
- mental health services
- family support services.
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