The Gender Centre Inc. is a Specialist Homelessness Service (SHS) which provides a safe and supported environment in the form of supported refuge and transitional housing to transgender and gender diverse clients who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless.The Gender Centre provides accommodation services to two broad client groups through its Sydney District Package i.e. a client who self-identifies as transgender or who are exploring issues regarding their gender identity and are 18 years.
Clients are accepted into our SHS crisis program who undertake weekly case management with their case worker that facilitates progress towards building their capacity to facilitate independent living.The Gender Centre’s residential program provides supported shared crisis temporary accommodation for up to three months.Clients accepting temporary crisis accommodation may be sharing accommodation with people of varied cultural backgrounds and with a diverse range of experiences.There is no waiting list kept for admission to the crisis program, admission is subject to availability and of the outcome of an individual risk assessment.
All shared crisis refuge accommodation houses are supported by Gender Centre staff, who are on call 24/7 and on duty at the Annandale Resource Centre between 9.00am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.
The Gender Centre has 21 single one bed room transitional subsidised properties located within the inner west of Sydney that are managed by Metro Housing, St George Housing and Ecclesia Housing individual tenancies are available subject to tenants compliance with their housing lease, agreements and conditions of case management with their tenancy support worker at the Gender Centre
When clients are accommodated in our transitional housing properties they are requiered to pay rent and bond directly to the housing provider not the Gender Centre, under the NSW Community Housing Rent Policy at the rate of 25% of all income and 100% of Commonwealth Rent Assistance. Tenants are requiered to pay for their own utility accounts of electricity, gas and telephone.
All our accommodation options are within a three km walking distance from the Gender Centre.The major goals of our residential programs is to help all clients to progress towards independent living.
Exclusion from the residential program
The Gender Centre housing program is unable to admit clients who have unmanaged alcohol, drug or mental health issues that require full-time supervision.
Should a person not be eligible for the accommodation program, or should their risk assessment indicate they have support needs beyond the capacity of the service, they will be informed immediately. The applicant will be offered support and assistance to find suitable alternate programs appropriate to their current needs.
An applicant undergoes a formal residential assessment with the Gender Centre residential program when a suitable vacancy becomes available or by prior arrangement.
Applicants will be assessed on the following basis: that the applicant satisfies the eligibility criteria; and the clients are in need of stable, semi-supported housing, and clients are capable of progressing in a semi-supported situation towards independent living either in the private rental market or Department of Housing or Community Housing schemes.
For further information regarding the Gender Centre's residential service, or the associated case management service, please contact the Gender Centre between 9:00am and 4:30pm Monday to Friday, click here to contact us
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