If you are currently experiencing housing issues, are homeless or at risk of homelessness, Anglicare WA can work with you to support you in seeking stable housing arrangements, and connect you with emergency relief options, or financial counselling support.
We can also guide and assist you if you need support to maintain a tenancy in private or public housing. Helping to give you the space to feel safe and the skills you need to enhance and sustain your living conditions.
Colin* had been living under a bridge when he walked into one of our offices.
Colin was desperate for help. He really wanted to turn his life around. He wanted to reconnect with his son he had not seen for six years. He yearned to be a good father to the boy. It was a powerful motivator. He knew he had to work on his alcohol addiction and needed medication to aid his withdrawal.
Our team spent ten hours with Colin on that first day. They used emergency relief money to help him buy some basic clothes and a blanket and supported him to purchase the medication and obtain a doctor's referral to an alcohol rehabilitation program. At the same time, our financial services staff worked with Colin as he developed a weekly budget so he could afford the essentials while building some savings.
It was important for Colin to find stable accommodation to help his recovery and we worked with to him to secure a place with a crisis housing service, including helping with the paperwork and referrals he needed. From the safe place with the crisis housing service he was able to move into a sober house and it was from there that he was able to book into a rehabilitation clinic.
Anglicare WA keeps in touch with Colin and we are pleased to report that he has been sober for three months and has put on weight with a healthy, regular diet. But the best news of all is that his 12-year-old son has visited him. It was Colin's first contact with his son in six years.