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Rental Lists for the Northern Rivers Week Commencing 19.10.2020

Rental Lists for the Northern Rivers Week Commencing 19.10.2020

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Click the links below to view the latest rental vacancy lists for The Northern Rivers region, including Tweed Heads, Lismore, Ballina, Grafton and Casino.

If you or somebody you know is homeless, or is at risk of becoming homeless, contact Link2Home 1800 152 152 for 24 hour emergency support.

If you are living from Tweed Heads to Grafton, you can contact Connecting Home on 1800 048 310 between 9am – 4:30pm Monday – Friday or email [email protected]


Annual General Meeting Homelessness NSW

Annual General Meeting Homelessness NSW

The Homelessness NSW Annual General Meeting is being held on Thursday 22 October from 9.30am – 11am.

The Meeting will include presentations from two invited guests:

The Hon Gareth Ward MP, Minister for Families, Communities and Disabilities
Associate Professor Cameron Parsell – Reflections on homelessness during 2020 – a follow up from his keynote presentation at the 2020 Homelessness NSW Conference

The agenda is attached.

Register in advance for this meeting:  Zoom registration link 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Meeting papers will be sent prior to the meeting to those who have registered.

Expression of Interest – Fletcher Street Hub

Expression of Interest – Fletcher Street Hub

Byron Shire Council would like to invite you to submit an expression of interest for the Fletcher Street Hub, located at 18 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay. 

The Hub is being established in response to the urgent need for structured homelessness and related services in Byron Shire.  It will build upon the current services in our community that are working hard to respond to the increasing volume and complexities of issues for people sleeping rough.    As a space to promote collaboration, it will allow local services to co-locate and improve service access.

The contract is for an initial 3 years followed by the option of a 2 year extension at the discretion of Byron Shire Council.

To view the EOI you must be registered as a user on VendorPanel Marketplace – it’s free to join and only takes a moment.  Register here


Deadline for lodgement through VendorPanel is Friday 23 October 2020 at 5:00pm


Site visit dates: 

Wed, 7th Oct 2020 from 12-2pm

Tues, 13th Oct 2020 from 12-2pm

Please direct all questions to [email protected]

NCOSS calling for videos to raise awareness during Anti-Poverty Week.

NCOSS calling for videos to raise awareness during Anti-Poverty Week.

Jobseeker payments are to be reduced from $1100 per fortnight to $850 from September 25. ACOSS is predicting this will have ‘alarming’ consequences for many Australians. Their most recent survey shows that nearly half of respondents estimated they will be left with less than $14 a day after rent or mortgage. 

With Anti-Poverty Week (Oct 11-17) looming, NCOSS is inviting its members to make a short phone video to raise awareness about levels of poverty and disadvantage in NSW communities.  

These videos will be used in Anti-Poverty Week and might feature in a national advocacy campaign. 


Videos should be short – 30 to 60 seconds, and focus on the need to maintain jobseeker and support social housing.  Details on messaging and what to do with your video can be found here:


NCOSS – More information on how to participate


The deadline for submissions is September 25.

Elise moves into a home of her own

Elise moves into a home of her own

Moving into your own home is a special milestone but for Elise Miller, it holds extra significance.

Elise has finally had the birthday party she’s dreamed of for so long, with friends, family and other supporters celebrating in her new purpose-built home. The sociable 34-year-old has lived with her parents all her life but, according to her mother Vicki, had “clearly” reached the point where she was seeing too much of mum and dad.

Elise has severe cerebral palsy, epilepsy, a mild intellectual disability and is non-verbal but can communicate her needs to those who know her well.

“We bought the block of land a while back with this in mind and hired the architect three years ago, about the same time Elise joined the National Disability Insurance Scheme,” Vicki said.

“It’s taken a while but we wanted to be sure everything was just right, which it now is – the builder has done a really good job.”

Elise moved in at the beginning of August but Vicki had to find and train up a team of eight support workers who will be on hand to provide one-on-one care 24 hours a day, seven days a week in rotating shifts.

“She just loves her new place, she’s more mellow since she’s moved in,” Vicki said. “Elise enjoys being out and about and likes company, especially when people are having fun. Now she’ll have the extra joy of having her friends over to her own home and having fun there.”

Elise’s home has three bedrooms and is entirely flat, removing the need for ramps, and also features wide doorways, wide hallways, floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, an accessible bathroom and a large open lounge/kitchen/dining area.

Her NDIS funding has paid for occupational therapy assessments, builder consultations, the installation of an overhead hoist between her bedroom and bathroom, plus key items such as a new bed and shower trolley.

Leftover track from Elise’s bedroom hoist installation has also been routed through to the lounge room so she can have ‘floor time’ there.

Elise’s new home is much closer to town, putting her within easy reach of the central business district. She also has her own modified car that her support workers use to take her to various activities, including her day program.

Elise’s most recent NDIS plan funded a Support Coordinator for the first time, which has proved invaluable given the circumstances of Elise’s move against the background of the COVID lockdown. Vicki also receives support from Elise’s Local Area Coordinator Belinda Separovic, who works for NDIS partner Social Futures.

Vicki chuckles wryly that Elise’s place will “probably become party central.”

“The support arrangements we have in place will really allow her to live her own life for the first time – she’ll be able to get up when she wants, do what she wants and go to bed when she wants just like everyone else in the community.”

405,000 older women at risk of homelessness in Australia

405,000 older women at risk of homelessness in Australia

Social Ventures Australia, Housing for the Aged Action Group, Aged Discrimination Commissioner Kay Patterson, YWCA and hundreds of participants, including women with experience of homelessness, came together online on Tuesday 4 August for the launch of two new pieces of research highlighting the older women’s experience of housing in Australia, and older women’s risk of homelessness.

Researchers from the Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning at The University of Adelaide used data from the HILDA* survey to analyse household characteristics and experience over time and a build a model of At Risk of Homelessness post-Global Financial Crisis.

They estimate 165,000 females aged 45 to 55 years and a further 240,000 females aged 55 years and over are at risk of homelessness (+/- 10 per cent).

Access the report here: Older women risk homelessness without urgent policy reform  

The School of Social Sciences and Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University investigated older women’s experiences of housing affordability and housing insecurity.

They found affordability of housing drives challenges finding appropriate, quality housing and notes affordable housing is often low or degraded quality, and housing costs impacting ability to buy sufficient nutritious food and manage utility bills and driving housing insecurity.

The report highlights women’s experience of rent increases and evictions requiring them to move housing and how the challenges of moving compound over time through multiple experiences of unchosen, unplanned relocations – driving interconnected financial, physical and emotional costs.

Access the report here: Older Women in the Private Rental Sector: Unaffordable, Substandard and Insecure Housing

*Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey.

New national heat-maps show where homelessness problems are greatest

New national heat-maps show where homelessness problems are greatest

The Everybody’s Home campaign has released an online tool to help show were homelessness and housing stress are most acute.

Searches can be made by federal electorate including in areas designated rural, such as the seats of Page and Richmond.

The maps can be accessed here

Everybody’s Home is a national campaign that was started in 2018 by a coalition of housing, homelessness and welfare organisations with the aim of fixing Australia’s broken housing system.

You can learn more about the campaign at www.everybodyshome.com.au

Rental Lists for the Northern Rivers Week Commencing 19.10.2020

You are invited to At Risk: Older women facing homelessness in Australia – the launch of two reports online

A panel of five specialists, organised by Kobi Maglen of Housing for the Aged Action Group and facilitated by Suzie Riddell, CEO at Social Ventures Australia, will launch two reports on the risks of homelessness facing older Australian women.
The reports are “At Risk: understanding the population size and demographics of older women at risk of homelessness in Australia” and “Older women in the private rental sector: unaffordable, substandard and insecure housing”.

This is an online event next Tuesday 4th August 11am – 12.30pm – click this link to register. It is FREE.

RentChoice Assist COVID19 Response

RentChoice Assist COVID19 Response

RentChoice Assist COVID19 Response

As you may know, the NSW Government provided $20 million in additional funding for RentChoice Products to support people into the private rental market and to assist people having difficulty paying rent as result of the pandemic.

Rent Choice Assist COVID-19 can provide rent support to low income renting households at risk of homelessness that have had their income significantly impacted by COVID-19 and need some assistance to either maintain their tenancy or access affordable accommodation in the private rental market.

At this stage, this arrangement is due to end on 30 July (though it is possible it will be extended) so services are encouraged to ensure that clients are making applications ASAP.

Please see this link for more information and for details about how to apply.

RentChoice Assist COVID19 Response

Tweed Shire Housing and Homelessness – Covid response brochure

Please see below link to the Tweed Shire Housing and Homelessness Network Support Services and Food Distribution Services brochure in response to Covid-19.

Tweed Shire Housing and Homelessness Network- Service information

For more information please contact :

Sylvia Roylance, Community Development Officer – Families and Youth, Tweed Shire Council

Phone: 02 6670 2736

Email: [email protected]

Buttery Outreach Programs

Buttery Outreach Programs

The Buttery CCCRPAS Outreach Program provides support for individuals who have recently engaged with drug and alcohol treatment services that are wanting to continue on their wellness journey and get support addressing their unmet psycho-social needs.

This can be support in gaining suitable and safe housing, support to access training to improve employment opportunities, assistance to navigate family court matters – simply put it is a program developed to support individuals to meet the needs that they see are important to them.

Support Facilitators will work with individuals to identify and develop goals that are personalised and right for them. Once these goals have been developed the support facilitators will then create an action plan and walk alongside whilst they are achieved.

Throughout this process the support facilitator works closely with services and the participant providing coordination of care.

The Buttery Aftercare Program provides support from Tweed Heads to Port Macquarie.

Participants need to be 18 years of age to engage in the program.

Please call our centralised intake line on 02 6687 1111 or contact our intake team on [email protected]


RentChoice Assist COVID19 Response

Fred’s Place altered opening hours

As a result of COVID Fred’s Place opening hours will be temporarily changed. From next week (19-06-2020) Fred’s Place will be closed on Friday until the end of September.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we will be open as per usual.

Kind regards,

Femke Romeijn | Assistant Team Leader (Work days are Thursday, Friday)

Fred’s Place | St Vincent de Paul Society  |  Lismore Diocesan Central Council

P  07 5536 1906  |  M  0439 607 649  |  E  [email protected]

Fax 07 5536 7543 |  www.vinnies.org.au


Opportunity Pathways Program taking referrals – employment support

Opportunity Pathways Program taking referrals – employment support

Opportunity Pathways is taking referrals and actively supporting people into employment!

Opportunity Pathways is a voluntary employment support service that assists those currently receiving social housing assistance. This includes anyone over 17 years old who is: an Approved Public Housing applicant; Public, Community or Aboriginal Housing tenant, or those currently receiving Rent Choice or Start Safely rental subsidies.

If this sounds relevant to anyone you are working with –  we would love to hear from you! We specialise in creatively supporting individuals to achieve their employment related goals in a approachable,  tailored,  holistic manner – helping our participants to access the most suitable and sustainable training and employment opportunities. We provide up to one-year of on-the-job support for each participant.

Download our referral form here

Additionally, If you have any local business contacts wanting to invest in local people and partner with us to create much needed opportunities for people of northern NSW we would also love to hear from you!

For any inquiries please contact us by phoning: 02 6620 1800, emailing us at [email protected] or visiting our website – https://socialfutures.org.au/opportunity-pathways.