Vinnies Christmas appeal aims to help renters

As it launches its Christmas Appeal, the St Vincent de Paul Society in NSW is focusing upon the overwhelming pressures brought on by rising rent levels.

In light of housing affordability across NSW being at an all time high, Vinnies chief John Picot says the society is concerned for the 'hidden victims' in the crisis - renters.

"The St Vincent de Paul Society recognises that the dream of home ownership has evaporated for the majority of people it assists," Mr Picot said.

"Not only have many renters been disenfranchised from the possibility of home ownership, but increasingly, they are becoming overwhelmed by every day pressures that result from paying high rent."

Mr Picot said there are reports many families are using a part of their welfare payments to cover rent.

"Some will have problems putting food on the table, let alone a Christmas dinner, while others will feel stress about the decisions they have to make � pay the rent or buy their children presents," he said.

"Many Australians won't even have these choices and will find themselves in alternate 'last-resort' accommodation or worse, alone on the streets."

Donations may be made by phone - 13 18 12 - or online at www.vinnies.org.au.

Vinnies launch Christmas Appeal as families on low incomes struggle with housing affordibility (St Vincent de Paul Society 23/11/07)

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23 Nov 2007