These stories are bravely shared here by those with lived experience, who have been supported by BeyondHousing.
These personal experiences underline the fact that a safe, secure, and affordable home creates the foundation for change and opportunity for everyone.
Some names and details have been changed.
Illana is a BeyondHousing renter preparing to exit the Transitional housing program. Illana and her son are packing up and ready to move into her brand new community housing home.
Imagine what it's like to live in almost 50 different places in under 5 years. Katherine shares what it was like experiencing long-term homelessness, and the hope and dignity having a home has given them.
Hayley has already achieved big things in her time living at the Shepparton Education First Youth Foyer. See what a difference Education First Youth Foyers can make for young people at risk of homelessness.
Gaining vital renting experience and a secure home for her young family has given Ruby and partner Kurtis the motivation to start saving toward their goal of one day owning their own home.
Experiencing homelessness as a young person can have a profound impact. Support and a home of her own has helped Sonja find stability and improved wellbeing and has opened the door for more opportunities.
Moving into community housing meant the end to the cycle of homelessness for Alyssa and her daughters. They now have their own space to thrive.
“This isn’t the first time I was homeless but it’s the last time. Being homeless while COVID was everywhere, and lockdowns were on, was even harder than before.”
Jennifer has been in her new home for over 12 months now, providing her with safety and privacy. She no longer fears what might happen if she leaves the house.
Peter and Dozer’s story
Meet Peter and his best mate Dozer. Together they have been through a lot, experiencing 6 months of homelessness, starting with the bushfires and through the peak of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Sandra’s world was turned upside down when each of the last two rental homes she lived in were sold. In the middle of a pandemic, with regional towns experiencing a housing crisis.
Share your story of homelessness
Have you experienced homelessness or a housing crisis or been supported by BeyondHousing?
We want to hear your story so that we can show the urgent demand for housing in our region. Your voice is essential and will help drive lasting change as we fight to end homelessness.
All submissions are welcome, using the form below. BeyondHousing will contact you before publishing or using your story.