• Take Action to Raise the Rate for Good

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    Take Action to Raise the Rate for Good Tuesday 14 July 2020 Today Vinnies is joining a national day of action calling on the Australian Government to raise the rate for good. More than 1.6 million people are receiving...

  • Have You Made the Plan of Your Life?

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    Have You Made the Plan of Your Life? Monday 13 July 2020 You’ve probably planned what you’ll eat for dinner tonight. Maybe you know what you’ll be doing this weekend, or you’ve plotted out your...

  • Hospitality in Times of Hardship

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    Hospitality in Times of Hardship Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, homelessness services such as our Matthew Talbot Hostel have been essential in keeping people safe and protected. While capacity has been reduced due...

  • “Vinnies has been a lifesaver for me”

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    “Vinnies has been a lifesaver for me” Ray has seen more hard times than most. Having battled drug use, homelessness and family tragedy, the support of Vinnies has helped during his times of need. Becoming a...

  • Staying in Touch Through Isolation

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    Staying in Touch Through Isolation Among the many issues confronting people as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the impact of social isolation has taken a major toll. With health and government officials advising...

  • Lifting the Veil on the Stigma of Poverty

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    Lifting the Veil on the Stigma of Poverty Now four months since face masks and restrictions became the new normal, colder weather conditions and eased social distancing measures are creating the perfect storm for a...

  • Friends of Fred’s Place Rally to Help Homeless

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    Friends of Fred’s Place Rally to Help Homeless Friday 26 June 2020 Winter is the toughest time for people living rough on the streets or sleeping in cars, couch-surfing, or cheap caravan parks and boarding houses....

  • Help on the South Coast When Needed Most

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    Help on the South Coast When Needed Most Wednesday 24 June 2020 In a time where disadvantage and social isolation have been amplified for the most vulnerable in our communities, we’ve continued providing the same...

  • Today Show ‘hero’ donates $10,000 prize to Vinnies

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    Today Show ‘hero’ donates $10,000 prize to Vinnies 22 June 2020 ‘Local hero’ winner Tony Cranney (right) donated his $10,000 prize to Vinnies Gymea Conference President and Sutherland Regional...

  • From Sleeping on the Street to a Hotel Suite

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    From Sleeping on the Street to a Hotel Suite Monday 22 June 2020 For the past two months, Vinnies has been working alongside the NSW Government to ensure people sleeping rough can find safe accommodation during the...

  • Insurance Industry Comes Together For Vinnies CEO Sleepout

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    Insurance Industry Comes Together For Vinnies CEO Sleepout On Thursday 18 June more than 1,500 business and community leaders will brave the cold as part of the Vinnies CEO Sleepout – held online for the first time...

  • Support Beyond the Sleepout

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    Support Beyond the Sleepout For the past 15 years the Vinnies CEO Sleepout has seen business and community leaders brave the cold and get educated about Australia’s homelessness crisis while raising much-needed...

  • Community Compassion in Cowra

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    Community Compassion in Cowra There is a common misconception that rough sleeping and homelessness only occurs in our major cities, but that’s simply not the case. According to the NSW Government’s latest...

  • Filthy Rich and Sleeping Out

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    Filthy Rich and Sleeping Out On any given night, 116,000 people are experiencing homelessness across Australia. In SBS’s Filthy Rich & homeless, five high-profile Australians hand over their phones, wallets and...

  • Tune In to Support our Most Vulnerable

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    Tune In to Support our Most Vulnerable Since 2006, the Vinnies CEO Sleepout has been one of the largest fundraising events on the Australian calendar. Raising close to $60 million to support Vinnies’ homeless...

  • Shop Preloved from Home – Vinnies Shop Now on eBay

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    Shop Preloved from Home – Vinnies Shop Now on eBay Since the coronavirus pandemic began, consumer behaviour has seen a significant shift. At the start of April, Australian fashion and leisure sales dropped by 18%...

  • Vinnies Takes the Lead with Circular Fashion Initiative

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    Vinnies Takes the Lead with Circular Fashion Initiative Wednesday 3 May 2020 Every item has an impact. With the current fast-pace of fashion consumption, nearly 6000 kilograms of clothing and textile waste goes to...

  • "There is No Shame in Asking for Help"

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    "There is No Shame in Asking for Help" Monday 1 May 2020 Over the past few months we have received thousands of calls from people impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. While social distancing measures have...

  • In This Together for National Reconciliation Week

    In This Together for National Reconciliation Week Vinnies NSW acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we walk and work. Across many and diverse nation groups, from the Bundjalung people in the north of our state to the Yuin nation...

  • Helping the Central Coast Community through COVID-19

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    Helping the Central Coast Community through COVID-19 The coronavirus pandemic has caused major upheaval to many aspects of life. For Vinnies, the number one priority has been ensuring we are there to support vulnerable...

  • Building Hope Brick by Brick

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    Building Hope Brick by Brick Friday 22 May 2020 At Vinnies, we believe everyone deserves the safety, security and stability that a home brings. Right now there are more than 100,000 people waiting for social housing in...

  • Local Legend Recognised For Remarkable Efforts

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    Local Legend Recognised For Remarkable Efforts Wednesday 20 May 2020 Last week the Today Show’s Sarah Stewart surprised one of our volunteers, Tony Cranney, who had been nominated as an Aussie Hero. Recognised for...

  • Vinnies and Coronavirus: Answering Your Questions

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    Vinnies and Coronavirus: Answering Your Questions Wednesday 20 May 2020 As an organisation working with vulnerable members of the community, we are always mindful of the health and safety of the people we assist....

  • Vinnies Volunteers Changing Communities and Lives

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    Vinnies Volunteers Changing Communities and Lives Volunteers are the backbone of who we are at Vinnies. We are so thankful to all 14,000 members and volunteers who go above and beyond to give their time supporting their...

  • Connecting with Family this National Families Week

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    Connecting with Family this National Families Week Friday 12 May 2020 If there is one thing we all know, it's the importance of family. National Families Week is held every year between 15 and 21 May celebrating...

  • Generous Donations Helping Community Wellness

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    Generous Donations Helping Community Wellness Wednesday 13 May 2020 Since the coronavirus pandemic began, the increase in poor mental health, fear and loneliness is palpable, and our members and staff have seen a...

  • Supporting Youth to Thrive

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    Supporting Youth to Thrive Monday 11 May 2020 For children and young people, having a place to connect with themselves, grow and achieve their goals is important to guide them toward a positive future. Vinnies offers a...

  • "With Gratitude and Affection, Mary"

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    "With Gratitude and Affection, Mary" Wednesday 6 May 2020 Recently, the Today Show and IGA reached out to Vinnies to connect with five households doing it tough during COVID-19, who would appreciate some extra...

  • Community Spirit Lifting Coffs Harbour through COVID-19

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    Community Spirit Lifting Coffs Harbour through COVID-19 Monday 4 May 2020 Amid the fear and suffering of coronavirus, communities are coming together to support one another. The staff at Pete’s Place, a Vinnies...

  • Checking in on Our Most Vulnerable

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    Checking in on Our Most Vulnerable Friday 1 May 2020 Every day at Vinnies we work to ensure everyone has a safe place to sleep. From our crisis accommodation services, building over 500 social and affordable housing...

  • The Relationship Between Domestic Violence and COVID-19

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    The Relationship Between Domestic Violence and COVID-19 Wednesday 29 April 2020 Like other Vinnies essential services for people facing homelessness, the Our Lady of the Way women’s refuge is still running during...

  • How to Stay on Top of Your Energy Bills during Coronavirus

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    How to Stay on Top of Your Energy Bills during Coronavirus Monday 27 April 2020 We’re all doing our bit by staying at home during the COVID-19 outbreak – but that means we’re using more household power...

  • Keeping Kids Cheerful through COVID-19

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    Keeping Kids Cheerful through COVID-19 Friday 24 April 2020 In times of hardship, it’s amazing to see how our community comes together. Our new volunteer, Paul, got in touch after COVID-19 struck. As a Qantas...

  • Donate Items for People in Need through NSW Hotels

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    Donate Items for People in Need through NSW Hotels Thursday 23 April 2020 Every two years, NSW hoteliers band together to fundraise for Vinnies’ homelessness services through a gala dinner. This year, those plans...

  • “We Still Have a Home… We Have Vinnies to Thank for That”

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    “We Still Have a Home… We Have Vinnies to Thank for That” Wednesday 22 April 2020 The South Pacific nation of Samoa lies seven hours’ flying time from Australia. Its climate, the surrounding...

  • “Give it a Year or Two, Things Will Be Better Than Ever”

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    “Give it a Year or Two, Things Will Be Better Than Ever” Monday 20 April 2020 Ross Alexander took the call when he was working down in Lennox Head, two-and-a-half hours from his house near Nymboida, looking...

  • Vinnies Brings Hope in Hard Times

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    Vinnies Brings Hope in Hard Times Friday 17 April 2020 Here in NSW, Vinnies services including crisis accommodation and food vans for people experiencing homelessness are still up and running wherever we have the...

  • Vinnies NSW Welcomes Evictions Moratorium – With Some Reservations

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    Vinnies NSW Welcomes Evictions Moratorium – With Some Reservations Thursday 16 April 2020 Vinnies welcomes protections for NSW renters introduced this week by the State Government, but there is still work to be...

  • Sowing the Seeds for a Flourishing Future

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    Sowing the Seeds for a Flourishing Future On any given night 28,000 young people go to sleep in Australia without a safe and secure place to call home. Whether in overcrowded dwellings, couch surfing, rough sleeping or...

  • “Without Vinnies I don’t know where I’d be”

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    “Without Vinnies I don’t know where I’d be” Monday 13 April 2020 After losing her job, battling mental health challenges and navigating the minefield of Centrelink, Lynn was ready to re-enter the...

  • Help for a Young Family Struggling Through Coronavirus

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    Help for a Young Family Struggling Through Coronavirus Wednesday 8th April 2020 With a baby on the way and a toddler at home, it was terrible timing when the coronavirus caused Mark to lose his job. To make matters even...

  • Bled Dry by Drought, Beaten by Bushfires

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    Bled Dry by Drought, Beaten by Bushfires Monday 6th April 2020 Julie and Darren Sage at a bushfire recovery event. Photo courtesy of The Port Macquarie News. Darren Sage says he’d already been “bled...

  • Compassionate Communities Joining the Kindness Revolution

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    Compassionate communities joining the Kindness Revolution Thursday 2 April 2020 “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always...

  • Here’s How Our Government Can Help People Through Coronavirus

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    Here’s How Our Government Can Help People Through Coronavirus Wednesday 25 March 2020 The coronavirus pandemic is pushing more Australians into unemployment, housing stress and poverty – and Vinnies is...

  • Surreal Silence After the Chaos of Bushfires

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    Surreal Silence After the Chaos of Bushfires Monday 23 March, 2020 Vinnies continues to support people recovering from the bushfires, even as the coronavirus crisis unfolds across the country. To date we have distributed...

  • Bushfires the Cruellest Cut for Sawmill Workers

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    Bushfires the Cruellest Cut for Sawmill Workers Wednesday 18 March 2020 Vinnies is helping bushfire-impacted families and communities every step of the way towards recovery. We have distributed $10.6 million across...

  • Moving the Needle on Fashion Waste

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    Moving the Needle on Fashion Waste Monday 16 March 2020 You’re invited! What: The Empty Shop – a ‘reverse pop-up shop’ where you can give old clothes a new life Where: Chatswood Chase in Sydney,...

  • Accessible Communities – There’s an App for That

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    Accessible Communities – There’s an App for That Three in every four people with a disability report they feel anxious about visiting places they have not been to before due to worries about accessibility. We...

  • Living in an Old Bus After Bushfires

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    Living in an Old Bus After Bushfires Monday 9 March 2020 Donate to the Vinnies Bushfire Appeal to aid communities in recovery like Nymboida. Bushfire damage in Nymboida, in the NSW Northern Rivers region. Even in a...

  • Power to the People

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    Power to the People Saturday 7th March 2020 Vinnies continues to distribute funds every single day to help bushfire-impacted families and communities on the road to recovery, having distributed $10.3 million nationally...

  • Women Leading the Way to a Better World

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    Women Leading the Way to a Better World Friday 6 March 2020 Vinnies women come together on International Women’s Day to celebrate our achievements and continue to drive change to create a better, more equal world....

  • Jack de Groot Recognised in Australian Social Sector

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    Jack de Groot Recognised in Australian Social Sector Tuesday 3 March 2020 The social sector is filled with passionate individuals who have dedicated their careers to make positive change in the social community. This...

  • From Fires to Floods – Recovery is Still Months Away

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    From Fires to Floods – Recovery is Still Months Away Monday 2 March 2020 Vinnies continues to distribute funds generously donated to the Vinnies Bushfire Appeal, supporting people as they enter the long recovery...

  • Vinnies Vans Bringing Communities Together

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    Vinnies Vans Bringing Communities Together For people who are on the fringes of society, our Vinnies Vans offer much more than a meal. Providing a welcoming space for everyone to come together, enjoy a meal and know...

  • Australian Poverty in 2020

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    Australian Poverty in 2020 21 February 2020 ACOSS & UNSW Sydney launched their latest report, ‘Poverty & Inequality in Australia’, this morning at our Crisis Accommodation Service, Vincentian House....

  • Back to School with Operation Backpack

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    Back to School with Operation Backpack 18 February 2020 The beginning of a new school year is an exciting time for kids and parents alike. For those who are struggling to cover the basics, it can be a daunting occasion....

  • Looking Forward After Losing Everything

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    Looking Forward After Losing Everything 14 February 2020 Vinnies is continuing to support people impacted by the devastating bushfire crisis by distributing relief funds, emotional support and providing food, water,...

  • Rappville Resolves to Rise from the Ashes

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    Rappville resolves to rise from the ashes 11 February 2020 Vinnies is continuing to distribute bushfire relief funds and provide food, groceries, clothing, fuel vouchers, and other essentials for people suffering through...

  • From Paradise to a Horror Movie

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    From paradise to a horror movie 1 February 2020 On a sunny weekend, families tow their boats down to Lake Conjola and set them out into the gentle water. Kids run down to the shoreline shouting with glee. There are...

  • January Is Ending, But The Bushfire Crisis Burns On

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    January Is Ending, But The Bushfire Crisis Burns On 31 January 2020 It’s been a challenging start to 2020, with relentless bushfire danger tormenting many Australian communities right through January. Vinnies has...

  • Vinnies in Action at Batemans Bay

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    Vinnies in Action at Batemans Bay 25 January 2020 Up bright and early this morning Vinnies volunteer and President of Vinnies Canberra/Goulburn, John Feint hopes to have the opportunity to meet with Minister Andrew...

  • Vinnies Bushfire Appeal – How we’re helping

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    Vinnies Bushfire Appeal – How we’re helping 20 January 2020 The Vinnies Bushfire Appeal has so far raised more than $12 million to support people impacted by the unprecedented fires devastating communities...

  • Southern Highlands Schools Donate Emergency Essentials

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    Southern Highlands Schools Donate Emergency Essentials 18 January 2020 Local schools throughout the Southern Highlands have come together to support those affected by the devastating bushfires. In a show of solidarity...

  • Vinnies Members Stepping Up During Bushfire Crisis

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    Vinnies Members Stepping Up During Bushfire Crisis 16 January 2020 Anne Hayward and members from our St. Patrick’s Conference in Sussex Inlet provided assistance to over 500 people affected by the bushfires that...

  • Vinnies Volunteers Meredith & Mouna Lend a Helping Hand

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    Vinnies Volunteers Meredith & Mouna Lend a Helping Hand 14 January 2020 When our members Meredith and Mouna saw the news about the bushfires, they immediately put up their hands to help those affected. Last week, they...

  • Canada Bay Community Brings Smiles This Christmas

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    Canada Bay Community Brings Smiles This Christmas 23 December 2019 City of Canada Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas and a group of locals helped bring some Christmas cheer to their sister city Parkes Shire Council with over...

  • Vinnies Housing Summit

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    Vinnies Housing Summit For far too many people, the cost of living in our State is impossible. We know that for people on low incomes, all it takes is a sudden crisis like getting sick or losing your job and you can lose...

  • Census results - Sydney unaffordable

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    Census Results - Sydney Unaffordable Jack de Groot, CEO St Vincent de Paul Society NSW Living in inner Sydney has become unaffordable for all but the few, and rising housing costs means that the city is quickly being...

  • Brutal Workers Comp Cuts Hurt Those Trying to Get By

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    Brutal Workers Comp Cuts Hurt Those Trying to Get By Jack de Groot, CEO St Vincent de Paul Society NSW As most of us prepare for New Year's Eve celebrations, it is distressing to see the impacts of a 2012 state...

  • Complaints About Electricity Not Surprising

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    Complaints About Electricity Not Surprising Jack de Groot, CEO St Vincent de Paul Society NSW It comes as no surprise to me and the St Vincent de Paul Society NSW that 74 per cent of complaints to the Energy & Water...

  • Where is our moral compass?

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    Where is our moral compass? Jack de Groot, CEO St Vincent de Paul Society NSW Ali came to Australia alone by boat in 2012 fleeing persecution in Iraq. His serious health issues, some brought on by the trauma he’s...

  • Kneejerk (re)action isn’t good enough

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    Kneejerk (re)action isn’t good enough Jack de Groot, CEO St Vincent de Paul Society NSW Away from the media frenzy of Martin Place over the last while, the Department of Family and Community Services, NSW Police...

  • Affordable Housing in Parliament

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    Affordable Housing in Parliament Jack de Groot, CEO St Vincent de Paul Society NSW On Thursday 3 August, Vinnies is making history by taking a petition of 16,300 signatures to the NSW Parliament to have the issue of...

  • Vinnies Housing Petition

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    Jack de Groot, CEO St Vincent de Paul Society NSW

  • Bringing dignity to asylum seekers

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    Jack de Groot, CEO St Vincent de Paul Society NSW The Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS) and the St Vincent de Paul Society NSW (Vinnies) are working in partnership to support people who arrived in New South...

  • Vinnies Sleepout

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    Vinnies CEO Sleepout - more than a fundraiser Jack de Groot, CEO St Vincent de Paul Society NSW Thursday will be my first Vinnies CEO Sleepout. I’ll be joining over 360 fellow CEOs in Sydney. We’ll be aiming...

  • Members Petition Success

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    Jack de Groot, CEO St Vincent de Paul Society NSW

  • NSW Labor Housing Plans Welcomed

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    Jack de Groot, CEO St Vincent de Paul Society NSW

  • Homelessness – the potential to implement a widespread housing first policy

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    Homelessness – the potential to implement a widespread housing first policy Jack de Groot, CEO St Vincent de Paul Society NSW For some, maintaining a tenancy can be as difficult as finding a rental property in the...

  • Social and Affordable Housing Fund

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    Social and Affordable Housing Fund Brian Murnane CEO of Amélie Housing For the last three years I have found myself completely enmeshed in the process which has now seen Amélie Housing, the community...

  • Berejiklian’s Focus on Housing Welcomed by Vinnies

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    Berejiklian’s Focus on Housing Welcomed by Vinnies Story appeared in the Daily Telegraph. Gladys Berejiklian has staked housing affordability as one of her priorities. This comes as welcome news to those of us...

  • The 2017 Resolution that Needs to be Implemented

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    The 2017 Resolution that Needs to be Implemented Jack de Groot, CEO Sleepout St Vincent de Paul Society NSW Minister Stokes has entered the 2017 year with resolve. Long may this initial foray to confront the housing...

  • Affordable Housing Target is Not Enough

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    Affordable Housing Target is Not Enough Jack de Groot, CEO St Vincent de Paul Society NSW I welcome the front page story in the Sydney Morning Herald today about the Greater Sydney Commission’s (GSC) commitment to...

  • Poverty in Australia 2016

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    Poverty in Australia 2016 – the Right to Home Jack de Groot, CEO St Vincent de Paul Society NSW On the weekend I attended the launch of the ACOSS Poverty in Australia 2016 Report. It puts the numbers behind the...