Homelessness Support & Emergency Relief
All sorts of people - whole families sometimes - can become homeless, for all sorts of reasons. Homeless people are quite often regular hard-working people who have had a run of bad luck. We believe that homeless people are worthy of as much care, dignity and respect as anyone else, and so we reach out to them as we would to anyone else who needs some love and kindness.
Lutheran Community Care SA/NT administers Outer Southern Homelessness Services, which provides support and assistance to individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
According to our definition, 'a person is homeless if and only if he or she has inadequate access to safe and secure housing'. Factors that affect access to safe and secure housing and contribute to the risk of homelessness include situations where the only housing to which a person has access:
- damages or is likely to damage the person's health
- threatens the person's safety
- marginalises the person through failing to provide access to adequate personal amenities of the economic and social supports that a home normally affords
- places the person in circumstances that threaten or adversely affect the adequacy, safety, security and affordability of that housing.
Homelessness also includes having no fixed abode or sleeping rough.
In the Aboriginal culture, homelessness has a slightly different aspect. While including the list above, there is also a spiritual form of homelessness that is associated with being separated from home, family and land.
We work with clients in the Onkaparinga Council area to source stable and affordable accommodation options.
- Calvary Lutheran Family Support Service
- Family Accommodation and Support Unit
- Early Intervention Service
- Boarding House Outreach Program
- Waitlist Program
- Intensive Tenancy Support Program
- Outer Southern Area Responsive Housing Program
- Financial Counselling.
Emergency Relief provides support for people in receipt of a Centrelink benefit or low income who are in immediate need.
Staff provide emergency relief in the form of material goods including items from the Op Shops. Financial assistance is also available in the form of food, vouchers and part payments of electricity, utility or phone bills, together with community information and/or referrals.
Assistance is provided in the Blair Athol area (for a complete list of suburbs visit: http://lccsa.org.au/emergency-relief.html )
Assistance is also offered from the following offices:
- Alice Springs
- Barossa Valley
- Swan Reach
Click here for contact details and service times.
Through the generosity of our many supporters (volunteers who work in the shops and donors who provide the goods for sale) Lutheran Community Care SA/NT (LCC SA/NT) offers a wide range of pre-loved clothing and housing effects for the budget conscious. All money received through sales is used to assist in the services provided by LCC (SA/NT).
307 Prospect Road
Blair Athol SA 5084
phone 08 8269 9300
236 Payneham Road
Payneham SA 5070
phone 08 8362 0604
Smithfield Plains Shopping Centre
240 Peachey Road
Smithfield Plains SA 5114
phone 08 8284 3600
3-5 Nildottie Road
Swan Reach SA 5354