No relief from emergencies

Salvation Army emergency relief services are under strain.
Salvation Army emergency relief services are under strain.

Salvation Army doorways community program co-ordinator Kris Halliday said the charity was turning away as many people as it was helping.

‘We are probably turning away about 50 people a day: 25 in person and 25 over the phone,’ Lieutenant Halliday said.

‘Of course we try to refer as many people as we can to other services but everyone is stretched.

‘The donations are still coming in but the need is increasing and we just can’t meet the demand.’

Lt Halliday said rental availability and a shortage of diverse accommodation options were contributing to the increasing demand for emergency relief services.

‘When Jewell house closed, we lost a vital back stop and about 100 beds,’ he said.

‘We need something to replace those beds and diversity in accommodation.

‘Rental accommodation is still hard to find, people are struggling to hold on to rentals and those in crisis centres can’t afford to move to rentals because the prices are so high.’

The Salvation Army will hold a fete at its building on William Street in Northbridge on October 18 to raise money to refurbish the site.