Mission Australia Maddington experiences increase in elderly asking for help over past year

MISSION Australia’s Maddington service has experienced an increase in elderly people asking for financial and housing help over the past year.

The charity said they have seen more people over the age of 55 accessing their financial counselling and transitional housing services.

Their recent report into aging and homelessness found there was a growing number of elderly Australians falling on hard times and were being pushed onto the streets.

Mission Australia area manager Katie Price, who works closely with the organisation’s Wattle House emergency relief centre in Maddington, said there had been a clear increase in demand over the last year.

“In the last 12 months, our case managers have reported a 12.5 per cent increase in demand for Transitional Housing Services by older people,” she said.

“We have seen increased demand for financial counselling services by older age groups and our financial counsellor reports most of these cases involve older people struggling to manage rents and mortgage payments on very low incomes.”

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