HERE IS A LIST OF ORGANISATIONS OFFERING EMERGENCY/SHORT-TERM ACCOMMODATION FOR REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS
AUSTRALIAN HOMESTAY NETWORK – COMMUNITY PLACEMENT NETWORK PROGRAM (Australia-wide)
AHN is Australia’s largest provider of hosted accommodation for international students – the idea is simple: people with spare rooms rent them out to students who need a place to stay. However, in 2012, AHN launched the CPN Program, in which people could volunteer to host a refugee or refugees in their home for 6 weeks. This program was stopped for an unspecified reason in 2013 – but, in the time it was active, it was successful in placing over 600 asylum seekers, following their release from detention, into AHN managed hosted accommodation.
Importantly, the AHN has decided to relaunch the CPN and is currently taking expressions of interest for hosting in anticipation of Australia’s intake of 12 000 Syrian refugees. This initiative is supported by the federal government which pays hosts around $250 a week as rent for the refugees in their home.
Phone: 1300 697 829
ASYLUM SEEKERS CENTRE (NSW)
Their website states that if you are an asylum seeker and homeless or about to become homeless, ‘we can help you find short term accommodation straight away so that you are safe and not forced to sleep on the street. We will then help you find somewhere to live longer term.’
Phone: 02 9078 1900
Address: Becher House, 43 Bedford St, Newtown NSW 2042
BLUE MOUNTAINS REFUGEE SUPPORT GROUP (NSW)
BMRSG has previously offered accommodation to asylum seekers in emergency situations.
Website: http://bmrsg.org.au – BMRSG is only contactable through their websit
Baptcare Sanctuary provides supported transitional accommodation for asylum seekers living lawfully in the community awaiting the outcome of their application for a Protection visa or Humanitarian claim. Baptcare has two Sanctuary facilities in Melbourne: one houses 28 men, and the other has 44 individual bedrooms plus a three bedroom family unit.
Phone: 03 9381 7222
BRIGIDINE ASYLUM SEEKERS PROJECT (Victoria)
BASP provides accommodation to a number of asylum seekers.
Phone: 03 9696 2107
Address: 52 Beaconsfield Pde, Albert Park VIC 3206
FREMANTLE MULTICULTURAL CENTRE (Southern Perth)
The Crisis Accommodation Program for Migrants and Refugees program provides support and assistance to those living in the Southern suburbs of Perth who are homeless or who are about to become homeless. As part of this program, families can be offered supported short-term accommodation in one of 11 off site, detached fully furnished houses.
Phone: 08 9336 8282
Address (head office): 241-243 High St, Fremantle WA 6160
HOUSE OF WELCOME (NSW)
This is an organisation based in Sydney working with asylum seekers and refugees and helping them integrate into the greater community. As part of this, they provide transitional shelter for families and individuals. They currently have 25 properties across Sydney, with an average stay of 11 months.
Phone: 02 9727 9290
Address: 140 Wattle Ave, Carramar NSW 2163
ENOUGH ROOM (NSW)
The House of Welcome is also currently working with a new start-up company (still in a pilot phase) called Enough Room that, very similarly to the CPN program, aims to connect refugees and asylum seekers in need of housing in Sydney with people in the community with spare bedrooms free of charge. Enough Room connects willing hosts with agencies who then connect them with refugees in need. This is a very new organisation and is so far localised in Sydney but has hopes of expanding to Melbourne.
JESUIT REFUGEE SERVICE AUSTRALIA (NSW)
In Sydney, JRS’ Shelter Project was established in response to a shortage of affordable housing and accessible services for asylum seekers living in the community. The Shelter Project provides asylum seekers with short to medium term accommodation and is available in emergency situations.
Phone: 02 9356 3888
Address: 24 Roslyn St, Kings Cross NSW 2011
MDA work with newly arrived individuals and families from refugee and migrant backgrounds, and their local communities to achieve the best settlement outcomes possible.
Phone: 07 3337 5400
Address: Brisbane Multicultural Centre, 28 Dibley St, Woolloongabba QLD 4102
RISE works in partnership with local authorities and neighbourhood services to ensure the sensitive and appropriate accommodation of refugees. RISE also seeks to minimise homelessness amongst refugee communities by assisting with the provision of emergency and crisis accommodation.
Phone: 03 9639 8623
Address: Level 1, 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000
SETTLEMENT SERVICES INTERNATIONAL (NSW)
SSI supports people who are seeking asylum with short-term, transitional and crisis housing to eligible recipients including Unaccompanied Minors and families with young children.During their stay in transitional and crisis housing, SSI assists recipients to source and secure affordable long-term housing.
SSI also self-funds emergency housing assistance of up to six weeks of crisis accommodation for SSI clients or clients referred by other service providers.
Phone: 02 8799 6700
Address: 2/158 Liverpool Rd, Ashfield NSW 2131