A South Australian non-profit organisation has welcomed the relief being offered to vulnerable people in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and economic downturn.
AC Care chief executive officer Shane Maddocks said he was glad pressure was being put on landlords not to evict tenants who were enduring financial stress, and that the federal government would spend $200 million on emergency relief across Australia.
"We know many people across regional South Australia are losing their jobs or seeing their hours cut back, which obviously puts strain on household budgets, especially if it takes some time for them to secure alternative financial arrangements such as Jobseeker payments," he said.
"With incomes drying up for some, people could be left at serious risk of losing their homes.
"This action by the federal government will help people keep a roof over their heads and avoid falling into homelessness."
AC Care is still delivering services relating to financial counselling, homelessness and foster care support out of its Bridge Street, Murray Bridge office, though visitors are being encouraged to stay on-site only as long as they need to avoid spreading the virus.
- More information: 1300 AC CARE (222 273).