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The Cost of Living


Perth people are feeling the pinch of interest rates, the rising cost of rent and utilities, not to mention groceries and other everyday needs. People of all ages, families and single parents alike are struggling and an increasing number of people are facing homelessness. People like Cheryl.

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Don's story

It is becoming more and more evident that the increased cost of living has particularly devastating effects on Perth's elderly community. People like Don...

At the age of 77, Don was settled in a rental where he had lived for 18 years. It was naturally distressing for Don when he received the notice that he needed to vacate in 60 days - by Christmas Eve - as the owners planned to put the property on the market.

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St Bartholomew's House Lime Street – a community in a building

One of Australia’s leading and innovative social housing facilities – St Bartholomew’s House Lime Street in East Perth – was officially opened by the Premier of Western Australia, the Honourable Colin Barnett, together with Minister Stephen Smith, representing the Prime Minister on Friday 24 August.

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Take heart for Perth’s homeless

Home is where the heart is, they say, but for growing numbers of Perth's low income earners having a place to call home is out of their grasp.

In these tough times of Perth’s rental crisis, more and more people are unable to find accommodation that’s within their means. A recent housing affordability study showed that less than half of 1 per cent of rental properties are affordable for West Australians on pensions.*

This means there are more people living in their cars and ‘couch surfing’ – just making do until they can get a house.

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