Port Phillip Asylum Seeker LINC Project
The Asylum Seeker LINC project connects the generosity of local residents and businesses in Port Phillip with Asylum Seekers living in the community. The project idea is for community members to connect with asylum seeker services in Port Phillip via the posts and comments on this page – but if you need to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The asylum seeker LINC project is a community driven initiative run within the city of Port Phillip. LINC appeals to individuals and organisations that have a passion for social justice and lending a helping hand. Vulnerable asylum seekers are living in our community in utter poverty. If you have pre-loved goods like clothes, furniture, bedding and domestic electrical equipment you can help. This is a community networking site, by pledging your donation to this page the relevant organisations and volunteers can ensure these items find a home and make a positive difference in the lives of those so desperately in need.
Asylum Seekers Living IN our Community (LINC)
Asylum seekers who arrived in Australia by boat after 13 August 2012 are subject to the ‘No Advantage’ principle. Asylum seekers released into the community on a Bridging Visa E:
- Have no right to work,
- Receive the lowest level of financial support available (merely 89% of the basic Centrelink living allowance),
- Are denied the right to family reunion via proposals though the Humanitarian Program,
- Are liable to offshore processing at any time and
- Will not be granted a permanent Protection visa even if found to be a refugee (AMES, 2013; RCOA, 2012).
It is clear the ‘No Advantage’ principle is maximum disadvantage for boat arrivals (RCOA, 2012). There are two short-term support services available to asylum seekers run through AMES and the Red Cross. The Community Assistance Support (CAS) and Asylum Seekers Assistance Scheme (ASAS). These programs work with asylum seekers in finding appropriate housing in the private market, financial assistance etc. however these programs abide by strict eligibility criteria and many people do not qualify and fall through the gaps.
In 2013 it is estimated that 10,000 asylum seekers will be released into the community without work rights (Lentara Uniting Care, 2013). That is an exorbitant number of people living in extreme financial strain and lacking in basic resources. Families are struggling to survive in the private rental market whilst covering rent, utilities, food. People are moving into houses with no beds or appliances. These punitive policy restrictions ultimately have a negative impact on the independence, mental health and future prospects of those people living in the community.
What is needed?
- Household items that are in working condition and reasonable for reuse.
- White goods: fridge, washing machine, dryer
- Linen: clean linen, blankets, mattress, pillows.
- Kitchenware: saucepans, frypans, cooking pots, plates, bowls, cups, cutlery, utensils (wooden spoons, can openers)
- Electrical: rice cookers, microwave, kettle, Digital TV or TV with Set Top Box, heaters, fans, vacuum cleaners
- Cleaning: dust pans, mops, buckets, broom, washing powder
- Miscellaneous: toilet paper.