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Welcome The Asylum Seeker Parish Support
 Frank Brennan, Tim Costello, Robert Manne and John Menadue say the only way forward in dealing with Manus Island and Nauru is for bipartisan commitment to keep the boats stopped while settling refugees in Australia. Click here
In Australia, 25,000 people are seeking asylum.  How many will be successful? What will happen to those who are unsuccessful? The Catholic Melikite parish of Hampton Park is helping Syrian refugees settle in homes. Read about this and more in the February newsletter, and how you can join in the next Strengthening Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support Forum.

 
The Kyneton Parish of Our Lady of the Rosary continues to support asylum seekers through the provision of short term accommodation, material aid, the involvement of the local community (including the parish primary school and Sacred Heart College), links to the Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.
The Horn of Africa Communities Network Inc (HACN) is a small community organisation with offices in Footscray and Hoppers Crossing, helping recently arrived refugee families and individuals, providing case management, advocacy, referrals to social support and community services, life skills education, social engagement for men, women and elders, and more.  
“Fr Peter Carrucan here describes a Christmas visit to the Melbourne Detention Centre.  Fr Peter provides pastoral care to refugees in the Archdiocese of Melbourne. He will be a guest speaker at our next Strengthening Parish Support for Asylum Seekers Forum on Saturday 18 March 2017 at 383 Albert Street East Melbourne. 
In recent weeks and months we have seen further evidence of the horrifying treatment of people seeking asylum in Australia’s cruel, off-shore detention system on Manus Island and Nauru. 
In a full-page ad in The Australian, GetUp and 71 other organisations have called on Prime Minister Turnbull and Bill Shorten to evacuate the camps on Manus Island and Nauruand bring them here. 
The BASP December newsletter indicates that the needs for housing continue as ever. People here on their own struggle getting access to housing—even when they have income. Private rentals are too expensive for one person. There are limited networks for sharing housing and asylum seekers are unsuccessful , usually, in trying to get a room via websites like Flatmate and Gumtree. Any ideas to tackle this problem would be welcome. 
The ongoing confusion about the future of the Australia-US refugee resettlement arrangement requires urgent leadership from Australia’s politicians.  
Read the Welcome the Asylum Seeker Parish Support Program December Newsletter here  

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