Coronavirus Community Fund

March 19, 2020

 

To become a regular donor, please contact: cvcommunityfund@nhcollective.org.au

 

One-off donations can be made via bank transfer to:

National Homeless Collective 

BSB: 633 000 

Acct: 1679 02196

Description: <Your name>

Please send an email to cvcommunityfund@nhcollective.org.au so we can send you a tax receipt. 

 

We are all facing high levels of uncertainty and hazard in response to the rapid spread of coronavirus disease in Victoria. The social distancing needed to contain its spread means that many people will be at risk of losing work, and may struggle to make rental payments, pay utilities or even buy food.

 

So, in partnership with National Homeless Collective, we're launching the Coronavirus Community Fund to provide immediate support to single parents at risk of homelessness following economic hardship caused by coronavirus (COVID-19) as well as people living with disability who are adversely impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

To support the Coronavirus Community Fund, we’ve suggested people donate an hour of their weekly wage for eight weeks. To become a regular donor, please contact: cvcommunityfund@nhcollective.org.au 

 

FAQs

 

  • What is coronavirus disease (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a virus that can cause infection in people, including a severe respiratory illness. On Wednesday 18 March there were 121 number of cases in Victoria alone. COVID-19 is having an enormous impact on everyday life, work and our ability to meet our needs. For more information about coronavirus, visit the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website or read COVID-19: Common questions and Community Care for the Vulnerable.

 

  • What is the Coronavirus Community Fund?

This fund will provide immediate support to people impacted by coronavirus who are at risk of homelessness or who are otherwise severely disadvantaged by the COVID-19 situation. That’s why we’re asking you to support the Coronavirus Community Fund by donating one hour of your wage per week so that we can work to provide support throughout the crisis. The best way you can help us is by signing up for a regular pledge, but we also appreciate one-off donations.

 

  • How do I donate?

To support the Coronavirus Community Fund, we’ve suggested people donate an hour of their weekly wage for eight weeks. To become a regular donor, please contact: cvcommunityfund@nhcollective.org.au

 

One-off donations can be made via bank transfer to:

National Homeless Collective 

BSB: 633 000 

Acct: 1679 02196

 

  • Is my donation tax deductible? 

Yes! Your donations will go to the National Homeless Collective, which is a registered national charity that has full deductible gift recipient (DGR) status. This means you will receive a receipt for tax purposes upon donation that you can claim as a tax deduction.

 

  • What is the National Homeless Collective?

Based in East Brunswick, the National Homeless Collective is a First Nations-run grassroots Australian charity that creates solutions to complex issues arising from homelessness, family violence and social disadvantage. They are a registered charity with over five years experience successfully delivering projects that provide immediate relief for people experiencing homelessness and severe social disadvantage including First Nations peoples, the LGBTIQA+ community, people experiencing family violence and incarcerated people.  

 

  • How will the funds be managed and how will financially integrity be maintained?

Donors have set up a direct debit that deposits money into a bank account owned by the National Homeless Collective. The distribution of relief will be administered by the Coronavirus Community Fund team, who will not have any direct access to the funds. Every year, the National Homeless Collective is audited by independent accountants to ensure they meet their financial obligations. The charity also reports to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission as well as Australian Securities Investments Commission. Every member of the Coronavirus Community Fund team is verified as a responsible person, as defined by Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. 

 

  • How will the money be spent?

Support will be provided to single parents at risk of homelessness following economic hardship caused by coronavirus (COVID-19) as well as people living with disability who are adversely impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

Due to charity regulations, the fund won’t be able to make direct cash payments to people. Support will instead be provided in the form of digital supermarket vouchers, the payment of bills in arrears and the payment of rent in arrears.

 

  • How do you know which people need support?

There will be no need for the fund to evaluate the level of hardship people are experiencing, or for people to prove their illness or disability in order to receive support. This fund is about being there for each other without judgement. We do not condone ableism or classism. 

 

  • How much of my donation goes towards administration costs and wages?

Zero. This fund is being run and administered by volunteers. Everyone assisting in establishing, maintaining and operating the Coronavirus Community Fund does so by giving up their time.

 

  • What if there are any unused funds left over?

Any funds that are not distributed will be donated to the National Homeless Collective’s COVID-19 homelessness crisis support fund.

 

  • Who was consulted when establishing this fund?

The Coronavirus Community Fund was established in collaboration and consultation with people with lived experience, National Homeless Collective, accountants, lawyers, activists, campaigners and experienced relief workers. 

 

  • I’ve got a question that hasn’t been answered.

Then please feel free to send us an email cvcommunityfund@nhcollective.org.au

 

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We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we work, and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded and this was and always will be Aboriginal land.

 

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