Financially strapped West Australians are asking for help in record numbers to cope with the rising cost of living in the State, a leading charity says.
The St Vincent de Paul Society is handing out more than twice as much financial assistance for accommodation compared with last financial year and has received more than 24,000 calls for help in the past 12 months.
More than 5000 calls were between May and July from people wanting help to buy food, clothing and winter bedding and pay utility and housing costs.
Vinnies chief executive Mark Fitzpatrick said demand for the charity's services was higher than ever.
He pointed to the latest WA Council of Social Service report, released last week, which showed rent and utilities were major contributors to higher living costs, jumping 8.6 per cent and up to 13.2 per cent respectively since last financial year.
"There's no doubt that the cost of rent in Perth is significant and combined with the increase in utility costs, people are now definitely coming to us for help," Mr Fitzpatrick said.
The charity makes more than 500 home visits a week in the metropolitan area.
Mr Fitzpatrick said financial difficulties were being passed down through generations.
"Kids in poor families are poor themselves and they can't break out of that," he said.Vinnies launches its WA street appeal this week when about 500 volunteers will rattle tins to raise about $80,000 for the charity.