The Salvation Army South West lends a helping hand in hard times

The Salvation Army South West pastor Mark Schatz is encouraging residents to reach out if they are experiencing hard times.
The Salvation Army South West pastor Mark Schatz is encouraging residents to reach out if they are experiencing hard times.

With affordable housing becoming an issue for many people in the community The Salvation Army South West is encouraging people to reach if they are in crisis.

The Salvation Army South West pastor Mark Schatz said there was a lot of fear and uncertainty in the community as the moratorium on tenancy agreements ends.

"With everyone travelling within the state it has made affordable housing out of reach for people," he said.

"That is going to be tough because some landlords have also been doing it tough, some may have been struggling to meet their own needs.

"The knock on effect for those living on Centrelink or single parents has made housing unaffordable, they are spending so much money trying to keep a roof over their head and skipping meals.

"There is some real fear in the community around this, people are struggling to get the means and money to be able to do the things they need to do."

Mr Schatz said they wanted to be there to help as many people as they could to their capacity and have been running food parcels in Busselton and Bunbury.

"Food parcels, bill help, clothing help and general assistance, we are really the doorway to whatever their issue is," he said.

"If we cannot do it, we know who can.

"We are trying our best to make sure no one slips through the cracks.

"Our resources are limited but we will do all we can to help people through this."

If people do need to reach out they can drop by The Salvation Amry's Bunbury office from 9am daily and make an appointment, or call into the Busselton office on Friday mornings.

"People can also ring through to our main office in Bunbury which also services towns in the outskirts of the South West.

"We can tailor a plan to help people. What we do know is that everyone has different experiences and different needs, what might be needed for one household might be different for another.

"We know there are a lot of reasons like a fridge could blow up or a car could break down which is just enough to push them over.

"We are really all one catastrophe away from homelessness and needing extreme help.

"Don't be shy about coming in because if we can help you in the early days of a crisis we are more likely to get you out of that than if you landed on the streets.

"Working from there is a lot harder."

The Salvation Army is located at 94 Kent St, Busselton and can be reached on 9754 2733 or on the corner of the Bussell Highway and Timperley Road in Bunbury, which can be reached on 9791 5200.

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