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We help people at risk of becoming homeless to stay securely housed, and those who are homeless to find and keep a home.

We work with you to prevent long-term homelessness and provide support. Our specialist programs works with the Department of Communities and Justice, Community Housing and other services in the drug and alcohol, domestic violence and mental health space. Our focus is on people in our community who are most at risk of becoming homeless or who are currently homeless.

There are lots of reasons people become homeless including domestic and family violence, financial difficulties, mental health issues, drug and alcohol issues, living in unsafe conditions … and more.

We can provide temporary accommodation and short-term transitional accommodation while we support people to find more long-term, stable accommodation. We work with people and families to help them sustain an existing tenancy that may be at risk and provide practical, emotional and financial assistance. We can also assist with referrals and access to other services such as counselling, mental health, drug and alcohol, legal and court support and help to find and keep a job.

More more information:
P: 1800 324 924
E: info@catholiccaredbb.org.au

Learn more about our Housing & Homelessness supports

A person is homeless when they don’t have a fixed, regular or adequate night time residence. They may be sleeping in a shelter, couch surfing, sleeping in cars or on the streets.

If you, or someone you might know is affected by homelessness or needs housing support, please reach out.

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Women's Refuge

Our women’s refuge provides accommodation to women and children who are escaping domestic and family violence. Our refuge provides a safe space to reflect and plan for a safer future with the help of our experienced Case Workers.

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Mary Mac’s Place is open to anyone who is homeless, transient or needing a helping hand. It provides social, community and friendship opportunities for men, women, families, young people, the elderly, and the socially and economically disadvantaged. We supply a nutritious lunch Monday to Friday but it’s more than just a place to get a meal – it provides connection, value and belonging without judgement.

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We provide short-term transitional accommodation for families experiencing homelessness. Our Case Workers support families to address their housing needs, assist with applications for social housing and the private housing market with the aim of finding long-term affordable housing solutions, and to reduce the risk of re-experiencing homelessness.

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KEYS helps young parents aged 16 – 24 years who are homeless, or at risk of being homeless on the Central Coast. We offer accommodation assistance and support. We help you unlock your potential, your future and your independence. We offer assessments, accommodation support, case management, referrals, support groups, domestic violence support and work development orders.

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Our street team provides basic necessities, emotional support and information to vulnerable persons street sleeping. Case work services offer these clients ongoing supports to reduce the risk of re-experiencing homelessness. This service cover the Hornsby, Ku-ring-gai and Ryde areas.

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Dom’s Place supports men, women and families in the community who are experiencing, or are at risk of homelessness, or social isolation. It operates as a ‘one-stop-shop,’ an inclusive space where people can feel safe and connected. Someone might pop in to get a meal, wash their clothes and chat with a social worker to address housing needs.  Other local services also operate from Dom’s Place including legal, housing, cultural, financial and medical services. Drop in when you like, no appointment needed. This service is located at 9 Leonard Street, Hornsby and is open between 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday.

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