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Monday, 20 October 2014


MEMO: Welfare Agencies
There have been some questions raised by social workers about Accommodation providers needing to first seek approvals from applicants to investigate their past or current pending criminal record, however we reserve the right to do our own checks on applicants honesty in relation to former or current criminal activity, drug addictions, drug dealing or alleged offences and to refuse approvals if we deem the misinformation used to obtain our initial approval turns out to be of a material nature & importance to make us believe the applicant will be unsuitable in maintaining the peace & good order in our houses. We do not seek approvals from applicants to make these inquiries except those needed to get a police report.

We expect all welfare agencies and staff to provide us with any material information which might make them believe the applicant will be a potential danger to our other clients or management. In our opinion the keeping of confidentiality of any serious known criminal behaviour, drug addiction or infectious disease will not be seen as any defence to helping desperate yet unsuitable persons obtaining accommodation.

We have been informed by some clients that they have been encouraged by some agencies to omit vital criminal history during their application process and we see this policy especially from Christian Church organisations to fly against the face of their own tenets upon which their churches are based.

In our opinion it should not be the responsibility of churches or welfare organisations to aid and abet proven high risk criminals to continue in their deceptive & unsocial behaviours towards others in order to help them into group accommodation and in the process put at risk others who wish to continue to live a safe & peaceful life.

We have already ceased dealing with the Salvos for which the reasons are well documented in

IMO its best to accept that some people need to learn the hard way about how they should behave if they too wish to earn the privilege of having good safe and affordable accommodation. For those that are unable or unwilling to reform themselves into better citizens, then we suggest Churches & Welfare Agencies let them find out for themselves that they will need to adjust themselves to living in cold cars, tents and expensive caravan parks.

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