Having an understanding of how poverty affects us all and that we can do something about it was the key message of this year’s Anti-Poverty Week 2020.
During Anti-Poverty Week, Vinnies aimed to highlight how poverty puts people under pressure, and can lead to homelessness. People experiencing poverty in Australia do not have enough income to live day-to-day, along with no savings or accrued wealth.
According to the Western Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS) 2019 Cost of Living Report, over 45% of people’s expenditure in their households went towards housing costs. This year, the COVID-19 crisis added another layer of complexity to people already experiencing financial stress. The chance of experiencing poverty and homelessness increases when families are trying to juggle their finances to pay high mortgage or rent payments, with some even skipping meals to pay bills.
Poverty affects many adults and children and can be constant and overwhelming. At Vinnies WA we believe that Anti-Poverty Week is an opportunity to raise awareness of the causes and consequences of poverty and to encourage discussion, research and action to help reduce the number of people living below the poverty line.
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