Yesterday marked the start of Homelessness Week (1-7 August), to raise awareness of the impact of homelessness on Australia. Helping veterans work towards secure housing is some of the key work Bravery Trust does to help this community and their families. We are increasingly concerned about the ongoing impact of the pandemic on the veteran community – with more veterans contacting us in financial crisis.

Having read Anglicare Australia’s National Rental Affordability Snapshot 2021 Report: https://bit.ly/2TNOU7l we are unsurprised that many are feeling one of their biggest financial stressors is secure housing. Anglicare’s report found that even “after a year of volatility and shock, Australians are facing a rental market that has never been less affordable”.

It reported highlighted:

  • When comparing stats from 2020, every single household type was worse off.
  • Government actions have not matched the scale of the crisis.
  • This was not just an urban issue with mass relocation to regional areas putting unprecedented pressure on regional housing markets.

Anglicare stated that the misconception the rental market is working for low-income households & “the narrative, that Australia has quickly bounced back from the initial downturn “leaves behind those who were hardest hit by the downturn – and those who were struggling long before it hit”.

Anglicare also said that many people who found themselves in this rental crisis were choosing between meeting rental payments and other essential items, for example buying food, medications & paying for transport.  These are all issues that we at Bravery Trust also see too often in our community.

While most Aussie veterans successfully transition into civilian life following their time in the Defence Force. Sometimes they need our help, especially when they find themselves in a stressed financial position, made worse by injury, illness, or mental ill-health.

For those veterans we find that one of the major stressors is maintaining their current living arrangements, whether that’s rent or mortgage repayments or getting back into housing. Unfortunately, some can also experience homelessness or insecure housing (e.g. crisis accommodation, couch surfing). Helping veterans work towards secure housing is some of the key work Bravery Trust does to help this community and their families.

If you’d like to help us continue to support veterans in financial crisis, you make any affordable donation @ donate.braverytrust.org.au – with all donations over $2 tax deductible. Bravery Trust is a not-for-profit charity organisation endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR).

If you or a client you’re working with needs Bravery Trust’s hep you can call us on 1800 272 837, email ask@braverytrust.org.au or lodge an application online at braverytrust.org.au.

Bravery Trust is a registered business name of the Australian Defence Force Assistance Trust, a nationally registered charity.