This week is National Homelessness Week and Affordable SA recognises homelessness is real every day of the year with more than 116,000 Australians experiencing this right now.
When living rough, finding available services can be very difficult especially regionally where most community services are provided from a distance. For years, Affordable SA has been connecting those doing it tough with much needed services quickly, discretely and easily with the Affordable SA app and website.
Affordable SA is expanding to provide important location based searching combined with real-time ‘open now’ status to help deliver the best assistance to those who need it.
This is an exciting development for South Australia, as an initiative between The Salvation Army, Carrington Cottages and Verto Group.
These expanded features will be available in coming months.
The app is free to download for iOS and android or visit www.affordablesa.com.au.
The 31st of October is your last day to apply for the Cost of Living Concession. The Cost of Living Concession is an annual payment provided by the Department of Human Services, paid directly to you via electronic funds transfer (EFT) to help with the ever increasing cost of living.
Payments for 2019/2020 Financial Year:
· Eligible tenants will receive $105.40 by the end of March 2020
· Eligible homeowners will receive $210.70 by the end of December 2019
· Eligible homeowners who are self-funded retirees with a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card will receive $105.40 by the end of December 2019
If you previously received a Cost of Living Concession and you are a homeowner (or live in a retirement village or residential park) and your situation had not changed as of the 1st of July 2019, then you may have received your concession payment in August 2019
For more information about the eligibility criteria and how to apply, contact the Concessions SA Hotline on 1800 307 758 (9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday) or search for Cost of Living Concession on the Affordable SA App or at affordablesa.com.au
As Financial Counsellors we speak to many South Australians who are struggling with the everyday cost of living. If you are falling behind on your everyday living expenses (e.g. water, electricity, council rates, mortgage repayments, rent etc) call the National Debt Helpline on 1800 007 007 to speak to a free Financial Counsellor or search for the National Debt Helpline on the Affordable SA App or at affordablesa.com.au.
If you're having problems with your utilities such as electricity and gas or you want to learn more about what you are paying for, you should attend one of the Community Education sessions provided by ConnectED. Provides practical tips and information about energy usage and your bills.
There are many Free Produce Markets across Adelaide for people struggling with the cost of living.
Stalls of fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy products and baked goods are usually available for the community with a 'help yourself' approach, shoppers are encouraged to make healthy selections in a dignified and supportive environment. Some Markets have free coffee, cooking demonstrations and special activities. Most are open each week and others once a month. Check Affordable SA for details and links to specific sites.
The following are the Markets on this week.
Heart and Soul West - 67 Spring Street Queenstown - 6pm
Mount Barker Salvos from 12-1pm 14 Fletcher street Mount Barker
Heart and Soul Northern - Para Districts Masonic Centre 7-7.30pm - 77 Philip Hwy, Elizabeth South SA 5112.
Playford Salvos 9.30-10.30 - 39 Kinkaid Rd, Elizabeth EastSaturday
Heart and Soul - Two Wells Uniting Church (34 Gawler Rd, Two Wells SA - 11-11.30am
Heart and Soul - Hackham West Primary School (50 Glynville Dr, Hackham West SA 12.30-1pm
Freebie Hour Food - Clifton St, Blair Athol SA - 5pm
See the affordable SA Events page or look for specific markets or other food outlets under the Food category using the I need help with..." tool
Please bring your own shopping bags and take what you need.