Housing & Homelessness
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 homelessness and provide support. Our specialist program works with the Department of Communities and Justice, Community Housing and other services such as drug and alcohol, domestic violence and mental health programs.
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
- Drug and alcohol issues
- Living in unsafe conditions … and more.
Our aim is to prevent long term homelessness. We can provide temporary 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 to find and keep a job.
Learn more about our housing and 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.
Our women’s refuge provides accommodation to women and children who are escaping domestic abuse and violence. Our refuge provides a safe space to reflect and plan for a safer future with the help of our experienced caseworkers.
TRANSITIONAL ACCOMMODATION & CASEWORK SUPPORT
CatholicCare provides short-term transitional accommodation for children and families experiencing homelessness. Our caseworkers work with families to address their housing needs, assist with applications to the Department of Housing and the private housing market with the aim of finding long-term affordable housing solutions, and reducing risks of re-homelessness.
KEYS – YOUNG PARENTS HOMELESSNESS SERVICES
KEYS helps young parents aged 16 – 24 years who are homeless, or at risk of being homeless. We offer accommodation assistance and support.
STREET SLEEPING OUTREACH SUPPORT
Our street teams provide basic necessities, emotional support and information to vulnerable persons, offering assistance to gain affordable housing. Casework services offer these clients ongoing supports to reduce the risk of re-homelessness. These services cover the Hornsby, Ku-ring-gai and Ryde areas.
MARY MAC’S PLACE
Mary Mac’s provides homeless or transient people with a meal and a place to shower and wash clothes. Mary Mac’s also provides social, community and friendship opportunities for men, women and families, young people, elderly people and anyone facing difficulties in their lives. This service is located at the Ethel Cox Centre, 100 Blackwall Road, Woy Woy. For more information click here.
Dom’s Place supports men, women & families who are experiencing, or are at risk of homelessness. It shares its name and values with our friend Dom, a delightful young man who was involved with CatholicCare until his passing in 2021. 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. A vulnerable young person could come and play a game of pool with their friends. Another might access cooking classes and connect with volunteer and employment pathways. Case management, counselling, groups and mental health supports will be available, as well as referrals to other services as needed. Other local services will 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.