Urgent request for Refugee support

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We draw your attention to the attached October Refugee Advocacy Guide in response to an impending homelessness crisis. This crisis has resulted from refugees and asylum seekers previously in Community Detention being released into the community without any government financial support. The Moderator has asked that we send an urgent request for support to our members of UCA SA through our communication channels.

Across Australia, the Department of Home Affairs is issuing refugees and people seeking asylum in community detention with 6-month Bridging Visas (BV). Over 500 refugees and people seeking asylum from community detention around Australia have been given just three weeks to find work (after being denied the right to work for years) and now need a new place to live whilst in the middle of a global pandemic. The families and individuals being removed from community detention are being advised that their accommodation is to end. For those with no children, financial support ends as soon as they are notified that they have received the Bridging Visa, those with children continue to be given small financial support up to the end of the three weeks.

In South Australia, we now have 20 households (60 people) who are in extreme stress at having to find a job and rental accommodation within three weeks. It is hard to find a job let alone when the government has denied you the right to work for eight years so you have no resume – and no income to show a prospective landlord! The Moderator, Bronte Wilson, and the Synod Refugee Advocacy Group would like to ask all members of Uniting Church in South Australia to pray and support them in God's love and Christ's compassion. Here are some practical ways you can help these affected families to find safe, secure housing and are supported to find employment:

  • Provide a financial donation to Circle of Friends (cofa.org.au) Circle 3. (The Chairperson of COFA, Monica O’Wheel, has set up Circle 3 specifically to pay for rent for these affected people. Contact: 0434 058 340
  • Offer accommodation and other support here: http://bit.ly/stepuptosupport Contact: Kate Leaney, 0411 712 930, Welcoming Centre and Adelaide Office
  • Donate food, money, or volunteer for a UnitingCare Emergency Relief Centre (08) 8236 4255 near you or be a volunteer for the COVID food distribution project for BV people - contact Catherine Russell 0412680378).

If you have further questions or need more information, please contact Rev Paul Goh, phone (08) 8236 4244 or email pgoh@sa.uca.org.au


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