LOW-income earners in Orange continue to have access to emergency help, with more funding announced on Friday.
The state government has given more than $44,000 to Anglicare’s No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS) for low-income earners to purchase household items.
Anglicare western NSW manager Fay Layton said the program had been a great success.
“It’s helping low-income families replace whitegoods that have broken down,” she said.
Mrs Layton said the scheme was also able to provide car repairs for a man that travelled into Orange on a regular basis.
“We were able to get the vehicle repaired and we were able to give him that support,” she said.
Up to $1200 can be borrowed for items such as whitegoods, education costs, furniture or household maintenance.
“It’s for when that unexpected cost comes up,” Mrs Layton said.
NILS manager Evelyn Trainor said more than 50 loans were provided in Orange during the last 12 months, from more than 180 enquiries.
“It’s a similar process to mainstream banking, it’s not a handout,” she said.
Member for Orange Andrew Gee announced the NILS funding allocation on Friay, which was up by $2025 compared to last year.
“It’s a worthwhile program and we’re delighted Anglicare is going to be the recipient of these funds to keep the program going,” he said.
To find out more information about the NILS loans scheme contact Anglicare on 1800 644 556.
Items that can be purchased under the NILS loans scheme:
White goods, stereos, heating/cooling, microwave, computer/laptop, television, baby items, asthma pumps, dental costs, glasses, mobility aids, education costs, household maintenance, barbecue.