Poverty in Australia
One in eight adults and more than one in six children in Australia are living in “extreme poverty”—a staggering $135 per week below the poverty line on average. Moreover, a new report revealed that poverty is growing in Australia.
2021 will be the sixth year in a row that we support this great Cause. We believe that there are two key things that governments can do to unlock poverty for families and children and all affected by pandemic poverty: raise income support above the poverty line and invest in social housing.
Private rents are too high and rising
Income support payments and Commonwealth Rent Assistance are staggeringly inadequate, and there is a crisis in the availability of social and affordable housing.
The Federal Government could fix most homelessness in Australia overnight if they made renting affordable. By increasing income support and building more social housing, more Australian families could have the security of a safe, affordable home instead of being squeezed into homelessness by the pressure of skyrocketing rents. The poverty rate for people over 65 who rent privately is over 40% – four times the rate of 10% for people who own their homes.
Social housing investment is the most effective way to reduce homelessness due to its affordable rents, security of tenure, and other supports that are not available to people in the private rental market.
Financially vulnerable people in social housing are less than half as likely to become homeless as a similar group renting privately. However, over1/3 of new tenants in social housing were previously homeless.
But there is not enough social housing to support everyone who needs it.
There is a national shortage of 433,000 homes for people in the lowest 20% of household incomes who are homeless or in rental stress and at high risk of becoming homeless. Constructing 30,000 social and affordable homes over the next three years would generate a steady pipeline of jobs for tradies that would otherwise run out of work. There would also be extra work for scaffolders, planners and surveyors.
We invite community members, builders, tradies, estate agents, local councils, parliament members, business leaders, corporate sponsors and not-for-profit organisations to partner with the One Light, House of Change community project.
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An impromptu appearance of a community member on the steps of the St John’s Crisis Centre, Surfers Paradise.
The larrikin had us all in stitches when he inspected our gift of Christmas hampers and toys.
Australia is the second-wealthiest country in the world in terms of wealth per adult, but its poverty rate has become entrenched at a high level. One in eight adults and more than one in six children are living in poverty.
School Shoes Mozambique
Thank you to the Bartercard and Qoin staff for the generous response to our call over the festive season for good quality shoes for the students at the King of Kings School, Mozambique.
After hearing that soap is very difficult to obtain in Beira, we added bars of soap, toothpaste and socks into the shoes instead of using mothballs.
Mission Educate encourages Australian schools, students and teachers to stand with the Mozambican children to help them obtain the education they deserve.
100 pairs of school shoes
Gerard and Cara represented One Light Charity at the Variety Glitz and Glam Gala Event. We donated three Holiday packages, raising funds on their silent auction. All funds raised at the Glitz and Glam Gala event will go towards the Variety Heart Scholarships.
The iconic Variety Bash is Australia’s largest and most successful charity motoring event, taking place annually in every state. One Light Charity is sponsoring the Phantom car in the 2019 Bash from Mackay to Gold Coast!
Shoes for a worthy cause
𝐖𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐏𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐯𝐮𝐥𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐟𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬
Lauren from Baby Give Back is telling us more about providing judgement-free support to thousands of children each year.
Because of our generous donors and small business supporters, we were able to donate kindy school shoes to this worthy cause.
Toys for Christmas Hampers
Once again this year the Newlife Care Inc. Christmas Project, will help 550 families and individuals celebrate Christmas with food for a Christmas lunch or dinner as well as two to three gender and age appropriate gifts for children up to 16 years of age and one gender appropriate gift for those over 16.
|Bartercard Australia Small business donors||$3,000.00||October 08, 2021|
|Bartercard Australia - Donations received from Members||$3,100.00||December 18, 2019|
|Troy Star Training||$50.00||December 09, 2019|
|Koste Pty Ltd||$130.00||December 09, 2019|
|One Light Charity Foundation||$3,789.00||July 29, 2019|
|$1,000.00||June 22, 2019|