Anti-poverty week 2018

30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he travelled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” Luke 10:30-37 New International Version (NIV)

Anti-Poverty Week 2018

Much like the verse above, Anti-Poverty Week (14-20 October) seeks for us to help the vulnerable and less fortunate in our community. As a first-world country with great wealth and opportunity, there are still too many people struggling to get by without a secure place to call home. It is up to each of us to show mercy to them. The week aims to strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and financial hardship and encourage communities to get involved with activities that highlight the issues and devastation effects of poverty in Australia and overseas.

What is poverty?

In 2016, almost three million people (13.3 per cent of the population) were living below the poverty line after taking account of their housing costs (Poverty in Australia, 2016).

We typically define poverty as when household income is insufficient to meet an acceptable standard of living and the inability to afford necessities.  

Helping to close the gap and provide affordable housing for those in need

At Churches of Christ in Queensland, we assist those experiencing poverty and homelessness through a range of services and supports, including through our Housing Services.

In 2016 there were 75,410 properties available in Australia, only 6.11 per cent of those homes were available to Australians living in hardship. General Manager, Frances Paterson-Fleider said we are working to close that gap.

“We know our housing developments fill a significant gap in accommodation within each of the regions and will assist those who are struggling to achieve a basic standard of living.

Anti-Poverty Week is a timely reminder that high private rents, long social housing waiting lists and lack of affordable homes, place significant stress on Queensland families.

New housing development helping to meet demand for affordable housing

In June this year, we officially opened our affordable living development Kurrajong Townhouses in Kallangur, north of Brisbane, with 50 quality townhouses homes supporting Queenslander’s seeking an affordable place to live.

“For many tenants, their new lives at Kurrajong has seen them move from unaffordable and inappropriate living situations, including a couple facing imminent homelessness.”

Having a safe and secure home is the fundamental part of our housing-first approach to supporting people in our community who are vulnerable, experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. Once they have a roof over their head and are no longer worrying about that, then they can concentrate on other aspects of their life.

“We believe that appropriate and affordable housing is a basic human right, and fundamental to individual, family and community wellbeing.”

For more information about Anti-Poverty Week and how you can get involved, visit the Anti-Poverty week website.

The United Nation’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed on 17 October each year.

 

Posted October 16, 2018 in Our blog