“I’m OK, I’ll just sleep in the car”
There is very limited crisis housing available for single older women in Australia, especially where there is no domestic violence involved.
The main gateways to crisis housing in Queensland are the Homeless Persons Information Queensland telephone hotline , your local Department of Housing and Public Works office or your local Homelessness Hub if there is one in your area.
Stay safe – don’t sleep in your car or in a public place. Staying with family or friends will generally be better and safer.
Homeless Hotline 1800 47 47 53
The Homeless Hotline has places where you can ring and stay immediately or with a short intake process if a room is available. Instead of calling individual providers, you can call Homeless Hotline on 1800 47 47 53 for guidance on the best options for your situation. Emergency & short-term housing offer rooms from one night to three months. Accommodation types vary by provider (share house / private room), as do eligibility criteria, costs, and waiting lists.
Some places listed are commercial with no wait times (e.g. hotels) but they also have standard rental fees, while others are subsidised and base rental on your income.
Safe Haven Community – 1800 042 836
Temporary accommodation in private homes so you can escape abusive relationships before they escalate to physical violence. They can help if you are;
- at risk of or currently experiencing domestic or family abuse or;
- at risk of or currently experiencing homelessness due to domestic violence
- eligible for Centrelink benefits or have access to personal funds
- confirmed to be low risk by a qualified risk assessment worker
How it works: After you call (or are referred by an approved Agency) to request a safe place to stay, we conduct an in-depth risk and needs assessment to determine your suitability. If appropriate, you will be matched with an available Accommodation provider, with our Case Managers on hand for the duration of the stay to make sure everyone is safe and happy, and that the relationship is working well for everyone.
What Guests get: Access to fully supported, community-based temporary accommodation in the private homes of police-checked Accommodation Providers who offer a nurturing and supportive environment, free from fear, and physical, financial, emotional, verbal, sexual or spiritual abuse. Guest stays range from three days to three months depending on your
needs and the Accommodation Providers preferences. Safe Haven Community will then work with you to find medium or long- term accommodation opportunities.
Together we help to empower our Guests to live independently and move on with their lives. They expect our Guests be willing to;
- adhere to the house rules and rooming accommodation agreement
- work with a Case Worker to address their personal needs
- work with nominated external service providers
- accept any reasonable offer of temporary accommodation
DHPW Rent Security Subsidy
Short term help to pay private rent can help you stay put until you are on your feet again up to 6mths rent subsidy paid to your landlord. Contact your Local DHPW Service Centre.
Helping Hand Headlease
If you have no rental history it can be difficult to secure a private tenancy The DHPW Headleases the property and sub-lets to you.
The lease will transfer to you after a period of successful tenancy.
DV Connect – 1800 811 811
Women who experience domestic violence can stay in abusive environments and relationships unless they can find somewhere safe to stay and get the support they need DVConnect’s Womensline is Queensland’s only 24 hour, 7 days a week, 365 days a year crisis response telephone helpline.
Emergency & Short Term Housing Anglicare – Homelessness services for women and families
Offers temporary accommodation (for 25% of income) and support for single women.
A closed Facebook Group for seniors looking for affordable accommodation.