Emergency relief

Latrobe Community Health Service offer emergency relief for people in crisis.

How emergency relief can help

In a financial crisis, you may struggle with feeding your family, or getting important prescription medication. You may also be unable to heat or cool your home, and find yourself homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Latrobe Community Health Service offer emergency relief for people in crisis. The help we give can be in the form of:

  • food and pharmacy vouchers
  • material aid, including sleeping bags and winter coats.

If you need longer-term help, we can also advocate on your behalf and refer you to other services like counselling. We will do our best to ensure you get the support you need in a way you feel comfortable with.

Emergency relief from Latrobe Community Health Service is only available from our sites in:

Eligibility

Residents of the Latrobe local government area who are in a financial crisis can apply for emergency relief. A financial crisis is a situation where you have become unable to provide basic needs for yourself or your family.

Other eligibility criteria may apply. Phone Latrobe Community Health Service on 1800 242 696 to discuss your individual situation.

Cost

Emergency relief is free. We encourage clients to call at 8.30am to ask about emergency relief. Latrobe Community Health Service is provided with limited funding for this service, and we often reach our budget within a couple of minutes of opening each morning. As a result clients who phone later in the day may miss out on assistance for that day.