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Below is a list of everyday necessities services, including secondhand clothing shops, emergency relief, soup kitchens, safe computer and Wi-Fi access, and government support. If you cannot find local everyday necessities services for your area, you can find a list of state and national everyday necessities services at the bottom of this page.

Restore Hope Foundation Esperance

The Restore Hope Foundation Esperance provides a soup kitchen for those struggling in Esperance and surrounding areas.

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Esperance Public Library

Esperance library services include:

  • WIFI Access is available in the Library
  • Public access computers are available for printing and general use.
  • Printing/scanning services
  • 1:1 Tech Help sessions available again.
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Esperance Crisis Accommodation Service – Mara House

The ECAS Women’s Safe House offers support to women and children (male under 17 years of age) escaping Family and Domestic Violence and experiencing homelessness through Domestic Violence. At the refuge staff will assist you with information to help you decide about housing, legal and income issues. You will be supplied with bedding and food, clothing and toiletries if needed. Support, referrals, advocacy and information to those using the service. They can refer you to other services like a counsellor to discuss your feelings and choices at this time.   Safe at Home Service: For some families, staying in their home and having the violent person leave is the best option. Staff can provide support for women staying at their homes. The staff can help you assess your risk and support you with safety plans and increased practical safety measures. The staff will provide regular outreach assistance and support while you rebuild a safe life for yourself and your children.   Each woman has a key worker who can help with the following:

  • Safety planning
  • Building self-confidence and independence
  • Advice on housing rights and responsibilities
  • Legal Support
  • Accompanying to court
  • Refer you to Financial Counselor, who can help with budgeting, paying bills and debts
  • Resettlement skills, such as shopping and cooking
  • Referrals to other relevant agencies
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Esperance Care Services – Thrift Shop

ECS operates a great quality 2nd hand clothing, furniture & household goods with the help of an army of dedicated volunteers. The ECS thrift shop is a great place to pick up good quality second hand items at bargain prices – all the while knowing you are supporting the great work that ECS does in our community.

What is available?

  • Pre-loved designer label clothes
  • Second hand clothes suitable for work, and play
  • Kids clothes
  • Shoes
  • Bags
  • Household items
  • Bedding linen
  • Electrical items (all tested and tagged)
  • Furniture
  • Jewellery
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Esperance Care Services – Emergency Relief

ECS is there to provide including emergency financial relief in the form of food vouchers, food hampers and if required emergency assistance with basic living needs such as clothing, bedding and basic household necessities to people in the Esperance and surrounding communities.

Local Community Service Providers can refer individuals – or application can be made by any person suffering hardship. To apply come in to ECS, please bring a current Centrelink Income Statement or proof of hardship. Evidence could include: outstanding utility bills, recent job loss. Phone us for more information if you are unsure if you qualify.

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State and National Every Day Necessity Services Services

Australian Government – Services Australia

Support through payments and services while you are looking for work or doing approved studies to help you find and keep a job.

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WESNET – Safe Connections

The Safe Connections program provides tech-abuse advice to women who are experiencing technology-facilitated abuse as well as being able to provide women (and children) affected by domestic, family or sexual violence with a free Safe Connections phones and top-up credit (eligible clients can top-up 3 times in the financial year).

They also provide tech-abuse advice where they can organise appointments with one of our tech experts.

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CWA of WA Sir James Mitchell Fund

The Sir James Mitchell Fund is used to assist those who may need a helping hand. Applications for assistance are considered on an individual basis and are completely confidential. Assistance is in the form of IGA food cards, health expenses and other general assistance. It does not assist with whitegoods, rental bonds and arrears, utility bills (electricity, gas, water etc), car registration/maintenance, travel or funeral expenses.

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Emergency Relief and Food Access Service

The Emergency Relief and Food Access Service is here to support you in identifying and applying for help.
 
Emergency Relief assistance is available to support you if you:
 
• are struggling to put food on the table
• are facing overdue bills
• have used  your savings to pay for daily expenses
• have experienced a reduction in income
 
You may be eligible for emergency relief even if you’re not receiving Centrelink income support.
 
If you are unable to make a phone call, please lodge an online enquiry on their website. 
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WAConnect

WAConnect is a free directory for service providers, and people looking for assistance. Users can search for food relief, financial counsellors, and emergency accommodation, among other services, and get a list of services that can provide assistance in the location that is convenient.
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No Interest Loan Scheme

No Interest Loans (NILS) provide individuals and families on low incomes with access to safe, fair and affordable credit.
 
Loans are available for essential goods and services such as fridges, washing machines, car repairs and medical procedures for up to $1,500. Repayments are set at an affordable amount over 12 to 18 months.
 
Am I eligible?
• I have a Health Care Card / Pension Card or earn less than $45,000 a year after tax ($60,000 for couples or people with dependants)
• I have lived at my current or previous address for at least 3 months
• I can show that I have a capacity to repay the loan
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Services Australia – Crisis Payment

A one-off payment if you’ve experienced an extreme circumstance and are in severe financial hardship.
 
To get any of these payments, you must meet all of the following:
 
• Be in severe financial hardship
• Get, or, be eligible for an income support payment or ABSTUDY Living Allowance
• Be experiencing an extreme circumstance.
To be eligible, you must be experiencing 1 of the following:
• You or someone you’re caring for are required to quarantine or self-isolate due to COVID-19
• You’ve experienced an incident of family and domestic violence
• You’ve had to leave your home because of a natural or other disaster not covered by a disaster relief payment
• You’ve arrived in Australia as a Humanitarian Entrant for the first time
• You were released from prison or psychiatric confinement.
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StepUp Loans

StepUP is a low interest loan for people on low incomes who have difficulty accessing credit from a bank. You can borrow from $800 – $3,000 with up to three years to pay it back. There are no fees.
 
To qualify you must:
 
• Have a Health Care Card/Pension Card, or receive Family Tax Benefit A
• Reside in your current premises for more than 3 months
 
Find your local StepUp Loan provider on the website.
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