Compassion Over Cruelty - NSW assisting people seeking asylum

By NSW Alliance for People Seeking Asylum

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People seeking protection here in Australia have had their living allowance and safe housing removed:

Our Federal Government has just removed the safe housing and living allowance from 100 people who have been held on Manus Island and Nauru, now living in the Australian community. These people were brought to Australia because they urgently needed medical assistance. There are up to 400 people who may be affected.

Four NSW service providers have joined forces to respond:

The NSW Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (House Of Welcome, Refugee Advice and Casework Service, Jesuit Refugee Service and Asylum Seekers Centre) is coordinating services to respond with compassion to the cruel treatment of these people.

We will ensure those affected in NSW will receive the legal assistance, casework, housing, food and living allowance necessary for their survival.

But we need your help urgently. Can you join us?

There are 20 people in NSW who have already had their living allowance removed and have never been given the right to work until right now. They were given 21 days to find a safe place to sleep and a job to support themselves, with no assistance.

The NSW Alliance for People Seeking Asylum - our combined 90 staff and 703 volunteers - are committed to ensuring these people have their basic needs met. But our already stretched services will need financial assistance to do this.

It will cost $93,000 to meet the immediate needs of the first 20 people affected for the next 6 months.

Your support will help provide:

  • legal assistance
  • casework
  • safe housing
  • basic food rations
  • uncovered medical expenses
  • a basic weekly living allowance.

We will work with our specialist volunteers in the medical, dental and legal fields to ensure each person affected receives specialist pro bono support.

Our initial target is to cover the first 20 people in NSW who are affected, but we recognise that the remaining 300 people throughout Australia are at the Federal Government’s whim, and are likely to need the same assistance very soon.

Please note that by supporting this campaign, your details will be made known to the 4 participating NSW Alliance for People Seeking Asylum members – Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), Refugee Advice and Case Work Service (RACS), Asylum Seekers Centre (ASC) and the House of Welcome.

Your support will help to ensure the safety, survival and support of every person affected with the least disruption to their lives possible.

Thank you.

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Ina Mullin