‘Below poverty line’

*Tammy says she and her child would have been left without a roof over their heads and with no food on the table without help from The Salvation Army in Auburn.

Story appeared in: Review | September 10th, 2018

ALREADY living below the poverty line with her young child, asylum seeker Tammy* says she was lucky to be renting a home through The Salvation Army Auburn when her Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS) payment was cut off.
While she is permitted to work under the conditions of her temporary visa, serious ongoing health difficulties meant she's found it difficult to find a job.
When Tammy's SRSS payments was suspended, she was left to scramble to get a detailed doctor's report outlining her health conditions without any source of income.
"I was so scared," she said.
"The Salvation Army helped with food. I was lucky they were helping me."
Major Paul Moulds from The Salvation Army Auburn, said the single mum had even struggled to find the money to pay for the extensive doctor's report she needed to prove her medical claim.
He said if she had been renting through a private landlord rather than the Salvation Army, she and her child would have been left homeless.
"Her payment stopped while she was left trying to prove her situation," he said.
"She is now back on the payment, but during that period she was lucky to be living in our accommodation otherwise if she had been renting privately, she would have faced a disaster."

*Not her real name.

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