Research Reports and Evaluations - Page 6

 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This is the fourth report in a series that began in 2002, occurring 4-yearly in 2006 and 2010. Evaluation of these surveys over time provides an opportunity to examine changing needs in our community and measure demand for existing emergency relief (ER) services. Furthermore, the survey and report provides a platform for the development of responsive programs and services that address changing community issues in the City of Whittlesea. The survey was conducted over a period of 4 months, from September to January 2014. It focuses on a range of topics that typically result in the need for ER services including housing, inadequate income, family violence, cost of living, gambling, and drug and alcohol use. Herein, the report details the project design, methodology, ethical considerations, results and discussion. financial hardship were food expenses (68.8%), electricity (63.2%), housing costs and gas (54.2%)  254 respondents participated in the survey Over two thirds of respondents were female  Over 56% of respondents were born in Australia  since 2010 (25.8%)  The median weekly housing cost was between $225 and $299  The most common housing type identified by survey respondents was private rental (60.2%), followed by public rental (12.6%), living with relatives (7%), homeowner/mortgage(6.6%) and other (5.1%)  Respondents living in private rental accommodation were most likely to be spending more than 75% of their family income on housing costs (30.6%)  Over 7% of survey respondents indicated that a and 44% were born overseas member of their household has gambled regularly The main income source of respondents include within the last 12 months with losses more than Disability Support Pension (25.5%), Newstart they can afford Allowance (20.3%), Status Resolution Support  The most common reasons for seeking ER was housing costs (56.6%). This has more than doubled 2014 ER Survey Report snapshot:   The most commonly identified costs causing  10% of survey respondents indicated that as far as Services payment(SRSS) (19.9%), Parenting they knew, someone in their household had Payment Single (12.5%) and Carer Allowance regularly used substances/drugs in the previous 12 (5.6%) months 44.4% of survey respondents reported they had a  17% of survey respondents indicated that a household income of less than $400 per week. member of their household had been affected by 76.6% had an income of less than $600 per week family violence in the preceding 12 months  45% of respondents indicated that a member of their household had received therapy or counselling for mental health in the previous year