Emergency housing can be really hard to find. Homelessness is a fast growing issue in Australia.If you don’t have access to conventional shelter, especially at night,or are couch surfing with friends, or living with violence in your home and needing to leave, you may be considered to be homeless.
There are heaps of causes of homelessness. It can be anything from escaping from a troubled relationship or a situation that is violent to unemployment, to relationship breakdown.
There are many programs in Australia that aim to relieve homelessness. The services include advice, financial support and temporary accommodation. If you are currently without a place to live or face the risk of losing your home the following services may be able to help you:
Centrelink crisis or special help
Payments for people who are in severe hardship and have been forced to leave their home on Centrelink’s Crisis or special help pages. Follow the link to the ‘accommodation and renting issues’ to find out more information about Centrelink housing assistance.
Community youth outreach
Community youth outreach has a list of useful resources for locating charity organisations that provide accommodation for young people who are homeless and bungalows to families where a young person is at risk of becoming homeless.
The range of resources at this site extends from statistics and reports to personal stories, poems and images from the homeless and young people living on the streets.
The Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) collection provides assistance to homeless people and women and children escaping domestic violence. This is transitional housing – until you are able to find something more permanent and secure. You will have a worker who will assist you to work through your housing and life goals, and support you to find stable and safe accommodation.