The Daily Telegraph
May 25, 2009 12:01am
- Jobless families have nowhere to go
- Charities say situation is dire
- Many "two pay cheques away" from streets
THEY'RE the nouveau poor - thousands of ordinary families who have lost their jobs and their homes as the recession begins to bite.
Just a year ago they were living middle class lives with good jobs and in comfortable neighbourhoods.
Now, thousands of families in Sydney are jobless and have nowhere to go - and charities say thousands more are just "two pay cheques" away from a similar fate.
St Vincent de Paul has recorded a six-fold increase in homeless families looking for help, the biggest increase in 120 years.
Dr Andy Marks, a researcher with St Vincent de Paul, said the most terrifying trend was that working families were now being made homeless.