Overcoming Homelessness | Finding stable income and housing

Overcoming Homelessness | Finding stable income and housing

If you are currently without a home and have a temporary living arrangement, well done on keeping yourself safe during a difficult time… Sleeping rough presents a lot of challenges so, having the safety of a temporary shelter gives you a good opportunity to arrange more long term accommodation. 

The next step is to work on finding more stable housing. This might mean looking for a job so you can save money for a deposit on a rental home, or applying for government housing/allowances. 

Making A Steady Income

Modern life requires most of us to have a source of steady income in order to afford and maintain housing. This is why a major step in overcoming homelessness if to find employment. It will also give you a sense of purpose and routine.

Whether or not you are receiving Centrelink payments, your employment consultant is your best contact. They will support you as you look for a job by getting you access to government income assistance in the meantime. Please call them on 1800 062 058 and get connected. They are open from 8:00am-5:00pm Monday to Friday.

Finding Long Term Accommodation

If you need a stable home, where you are not at risk of violence

The Department of Communities offers long term living arrangements, food, and clothing for people of all ages. Here are some of the long-term housing options which they can help you access:

Private rental: 

You may be eligible for rent assistance from the government if you are on a low income. This can help you afford private rental accommodation. Again, your employment consultant is your #1 contact for all things related to financial assistance. You can find more information on their website or by calling them on 1800 062 058.

Public housing: 

This is housing provided by the government for people who are on a low income or have special needs.

Transitional housing:

This is longer-term housing (up to two years) for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness It can help you stabilize your situation and start to rebuild your life.

You can apply for any one of these options, or speak with an expert by calling 1800 032 965 who can help you decide which solution is best for you. Alternatively, you can fill this Housing Option Assessment Form and take it to your nearest Department of Communities Housing Office .

iYARN has curated this list for a WA audience based on research conducted by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Read their full publication on at Sleeping rough: a profile of Specialist Homelessness Services clients (full publication; 2Aug2018 edition)(AIHW) 

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