Cath News report: Jesuit Refugee Service Australia has opened a large new shelter in Sydney's Manly, which will house asylum seekers and offer a temporary place to live for those already granted protection visas.
"These new refugees came initially to JRS as asylum seekers and received mid-to-long term assistance from us, including accommodation. Now that they have been successful in their applications for asylum, they have to find their own accommodation," says the Director of JRS, Father Sacha Bermudez-Goldman SJ.
"However, given the current residential market and many other factors, this can be very difficult to do. Our aim then is to provide them with low-rent transition accommodation for a few months and hopefully during this time they'll be able to find a new place of their own."
The house, which is within walking distance of the beach, is a departure from JRS' inner-city shelters. "Utilities and travel for refugees will be more expensive, but the shelter is spacious and can house far more refugees than we were able to before," said Fr Bermudez-Goldman.
The report lists items members of the public can contribute to furnish the shelter.
A separate report on the website said that Jesuit Mission has launched an emergency appeal for the victims of the Pakistan floods.
The Director of Jesuit Mission, Fr Phil Crotty SJ, says the organisation has already received expressions of support in response to the tragedy.
"Through the work of Fr Renato Zecchin and the other Jesuits working in Lahore, Jesuit Mission will provide support to flood affected families struggling to get their lives back to normal," said Fr Crotty. "Our hearts go out to all the people whose lives have been affected by this appalling flood."