Increasing numbers of people are finding themselves homeless because they can no longer pay their bills. Massive rental and utility price increases have outstripped the capacity of low and fixed income earners to pay.
Vulnerable women have a problem with how to go on living life in some meaningful way whilst being homeless or at risk of homelessness. "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." So let's make it meaningful.
Good rental tenants should not be suffering the consequences of the incompetence of real estate agencies and the behaviour of bad tenants. How do we escape? We rent directly from an owner.
Here are some options you can try if you find yourself confronting homelessness, with insufficient income to pay market rentals.
One issue with many of the short-term or alternative forms of housing is the very grey area around tenant's rights. You may have more than you think. Read on to find out.
Centrelink should be our best friend, the organisation that rescues us when we fall through the gaps, and cannot help ourselves. But too often, the organisation has become bullying and at times, downright cruel, harassing and threatening vulnerable individuals who are just trying to do their best to survive.
There are many guest houses, boarding houses, motels, motels, container homes, tiny homes, providing casual but longish-term accommodation, appearing on the market.
Sites offering share housing - including for seniors - are proliferating on the web. However there are many potential issues with share housing you should take into account.
The sad fact is that many of the low cost accommodation options that work for fit young single people or responsible older people, are not available for women with children.
Re-imagining retirement with co-housing.
All people sharing a rental house are equal.
Could we could form a group who go to a single cost-effective location overseas?
I am told that the AVA stipend is better than unemployment benefit, and living conditions are cheaper.
Free board and keep in exchange for work on organic properties.
There are places around Australia where you can park for free or cheaply, long-term, and access shower and toilet facilities.
If you are living on the road it is important to be able to park overnight somewhere safe.
There are lots of house-sitting sites on the web, from commercial sites to Facebook Groups.