Demand for help grows

‘In the past 12 months, UnitingCare West has provided emergency relief to more than 2900 people. Sadly, the number of people that request support is a lot greater than the number we are able to provide for,’ she said.

Ms Ash said Tranby Day Centre relied on donations and different funding streams to source about 75 meals, as government funding only covers the cost of 90 breakfasts each day, and about 165 homeless people go to the East Perth centre for breakfast on a daily basis.

‘We are seeing more and more families and single parents presenting at our centre for emergency relief, as well as ongoing support,’ she said.

‘The number of people who had been previously employed, but been made redundant and are no longer able to pay their bills has also increased.’