The Salvation Army’s latest Social Impact Survey paints a grim picture for those on welfare, and the country’s lowest income earners. Many are going without basic necessities just to pay for a roof over their heads.

Hannah Kotaidis reports.


The Salvation Army’s annual survey found 86 per cent of their clients are living well below the poverty line.

Families suffering chronic emotional and financial stress fear being thrown out on the street.

Neil Dickson, Salvation Army: “The figures coming out of this report are depressing and very concerning.”

Take out accommodation and many families are left with little-more than $16 a day to cover expenses such as food, medical costs clothing and other basic needs.

People like Alex Currie, says he goes days at a time without food.

Alex Currie, Salvation Army Client: “It’s just a case of being able to have food for Chloe or the kids. Or to be able to have lunches or breakfasts for them.”

The report also found domestic violence is the biggest factor leading to youth homelessness.

But it’s not just the younger generations which are affected.

Les Jackson, Elder Abuse Prevention Unit: “One of the biggest age groups growing homesless in the community is older people, and some of that is through elder abuse.”

The State government says it’s committed to taking-care of our senior citizens.

Coralee O’Rourke, Qld Seniors Minister:”Engage in employment opportunities, social participation, get around a real approach to health and well-being.”

But for Alex, any help is appreciated.

Alex Currie, Salvation Army Client: “Twenty cents, fifty cents, eventually it’ll add up.”

The Salvation Army will be door knocking aound the country this weekend, aiming to raise $8 million, with every cent helping those who need it most.

Hannah Kotaidis, QUT News.