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Below is a list of options for accommodation, including refuges and safe houses, emergency housing, men’s and women’s shelters, and rent assistance. Additionally, the services directory lists local low cost and alternative accommodation options.

Since April 2019, new tenancy laws have been introduced that allow the termination of a lease within 7 days on the ground of domestic violence

If you cannot find local accommodation support services for your area, you can find state and national accommodation service providers at the bottom of this page, including those offering safe accommodation, rental assistance and tenancy advice.

Albany Community Legal Centre

The Albany Community Legal Centre Inc is an independent, non-profit community based legal service, contracted by the Federal Government to deliver community legal services to the Lower Great Southern region of Western Australia.

One-off, free, confidential legal assistance is available to any person in the Great Southern region. Ongoing assistance is provided on a needs assessed basis.

Legal issues you can talk about include:

  • Contracts
  • Completing Court Forms
  • Criminal Injuries Compensation
  • Minor Criminal Matters
  • Debt Recovery
  • Defamation
  • Domestic & Family Violence
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law, including – Children, Divorce, Property Settlement
  • Future Planning, including – Powers of Attorney, Powers of Guardianship, Simple Wills
  • Restraining Orders

Where people cannot get to their office they are able to provide a home visit service.

 

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Albany Women’s Centre – Anglicare WA

Albany Women’s Centre offers women, with or without children, affected by family and domestic violence a safe refuge and support services. Services include:

  • 24 hour on call service
  • Safe, secure crisis accommodation
  • Case management support
  • Outreach services
  • Support Groups
  • Advocacy
  • Community Education
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Albany Youth Support Association – Young House

Young House provides supported crisis accommodation for young people aged 15 to 25 years (with priority given to those under 20 years of age) who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Young House operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Youth workers work to:

  • Develop independent living skills
  • Connect with education and employment opportunities
  • Move towards a return home (where possible) or independent living
  • Residents of Young House benefit from intensive case management, as well as referrals to and liaison with other agencies.
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Albany Youth Support Association – SHOT

The Supported Housing Outreach and Tenancy (SHOT) program is for young people from 15 to 25 years of age who need housing support. Staff provide outreach to those living in AYSA’s six transitional houses, provided through the Southern Community Housing Association. Young people can stay in these houses for up to two years. SHOT youth workers help them access and engage in education, employment and training opportunities, setting them on the path towards financial independence.

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Shalom House Albany

Shalom House provides ‘shelter based’ crisis accommodation for men (18 and over) who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. They provide residential care, assessment, individualised support, and referral to other support services. Clients are able to book in one day prior or on the day for up to 2 weeks at a time.

Eligibility:

  • Male
  • 18+ years
  • Homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • Case managed or willing to accept a referral to case management services
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Find Alternative Accommodation in Albany

To find alternative accommodation in Albany please visit the Amazing South Coast website.

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YHA Albany

Only minutes to the centre of town, yet the quiet. Please Note: The price of 5 Bed Family Room is based on 2 adults and up to 3 under aged children. Charges on arrival for each additional adult guest.
Facilities:

  • Barbeque
  • Bicycles
  • Disabled Access
  • Internet
  • Open Fireplace
  • Parking
  • Reading Room
  • Television
  • Tour Desk
  • Video
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Albany Backpackers

Albany Backpackers is situated in the middle of the town centre, just 50 metres from the bus station and Tourist Bureau and 100 metres from the waterfront.

  • Free wireless Internet
  • Licensed Employment Agency: Free job seek service to our guests, the only hostel to have in-house licensed recruitment agency, Jobs in over 40 different companies on the south coast.
  • Free basic breakfast
  • Cheap weekly Rates
  • Spacious rooms and comfy mattresses
  • Secure storage for luggage and bikes
  • Free parking
  • Clean facilities
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State and National Accommodation Services Services

Pets in Crisis

The Pets in Crisis program is a free service providing a temporary home for pets whose owners are experiencing immediate family and domestic violence. Pets are placed in a loving foster home while their owner seeks refuge or temporary accommodation of their own.
The service is available via a referral from a caseworker only. Pets in Crisis is open to all domestic pets, including cats, dogs and pocket pets (rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, etc.) for up to three months.
The scheme is not for emergency situations and the Pets in Crisis team is only available during normal business hours.
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Homeless Advisory Service

The Homeless Advisory Service provides information to primary and secondary homeless people that will assist them to seek their own accommodation.
 
The Advisory Service also takes calls from people who have shelter but do not have their own tenancy or lodgings.  In these cases the Homeless Advisory Service encourages clients to obtain bond assistance and to seek private rental accommodation.  Clients are given information about public and community rental housing through the Department of Housing and how they can apply for priority assistance.
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WAConnect

WAConnect is a free directory for service providers, and people looking for assistance. Users can search for food relief, financial counsellors, and emergency accommodation, among other services, and get a list of services that can provide assistance in the location that is convenient.
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Crisis Care Helpline

Crisis Care is a telephone information and counselling service for people in crisis needing urgent help. Call the Crisis Care Helpline when:

  • You need someone to help sort out a serious problem.
  • You are concerned about the wellbeing of a child.
  • You are escaping domestic violence and need help.
  • You are homeless.
If you have concerns about a child’s wellbeing, please contact the Central Intake Team on 1800 273 889 or email cpduty@cpfs.wa.gov.au
Translating and interpreting services available on 13 14 50
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Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline

The Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline is a state wide 24 hour service. This service provides support and counselling for women experiencing family and domestic violence. This includes:

  • Phone counselling
  • Information and advice
  • Referral to local advocacy, support services, and safe accommodation if required
  • Support in escaping situations of family and domestic violence
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Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline

The Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline is a state wide 24 hour service. This service provides counselling for men who are concerned about becoming violent or abusive. The service can provide:

  • telephone counselling
  • information and referral to ongoing face to face services if required

Information and support is also available for men who have experienced family and domestic violence

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Entry Point Perth

Entrypoint Perth is a free assessment and referral service assisting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Western Australia to access accommodation and support options. For individuals and families based in regional Western Australia, they can:

  • provide information on accommodation and support options to assist people to seek their own accommodation
  • assess individual circumstances of people and families experiencing domestic violence and, if eligible, provide formal referrals to crisis accommodation and support options
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