Anti-Poverty Week: 11-17 October 2020

Sunday 11th October, 2020

Poverty exists. Poverty hurts us all. We can all do something about it.

In 2020, Anti-Poverty Week will be held from the 11th to the 17th of October. This year Anti-Poverty Week is partnering with the Everybody’s Home campaign to help ensure all Australians have a safe and decent place to call home. We can end homelessness and increase housing affordability. Investing in social housing is both the right and smart thing to do.

Poverty puts pressure on people – it’s constant and strong. If the pressure builds up, people can be pushed into homelessness.

We can relieve the pressure on people’s lives by creating affordable housing and helping people get decent jobs. And we can help people withstand this pressure by strengthening our social welfare system and ensure all payments stay above the poverty line.

The COVID-19 crisis means more than 2 million people now need these payments and are likely to for some time as we go through this recession. We welcome the Government's decision to pay an additional $550 per fortnight Coronavirus Supplement but are deeply concerned this increase is due to end on 24 September.

JobSeeker at around $40 a day traps people in extreme poverty, unable to eat properly or pay their housing, medical and other basic expenses. Employers say it also acts as a brake on job search.

During these unprecedented times, it is more important than ever to support those in the Australian community who are struggling the most. The health and economic impact of COVID-19 is hitting marginalised people and communities the hardest.  We know that for many people being sick can make your poor and being poor often makes you sick.