Samson* is a middle-aged man on a Bridging visa who has received a double negative response to his applications for asylum in Australia. He has lived in Australia for nine years. During this time, Samson has been employed and supporting himself.
Samson lost his job due to the COVID-19 shutdowns. He has exhausted all his savings and had had to burn through the little superannuation he was able to accumulate while employed. He has now fallen behind by two months in his rental and was told to leave by the landlord.
Samson has been sleeping rough in his car for two weeks.
“Everywhere I go to ask for help, everyone keeps saying I am sorry, I there is nothing more we can do. I just need help with rent for a few weeks until I can go back to work.”
*Image and name changed to protect the individual's identity.