Accommodation Services within The Gender Centre
The Gender Centre Inc. is a Specialist Transgender 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 and over to be accommodated within our housing program.
Clients undertake weekly and monthly case management with their case worker to facilitate progress towards building their capacity to for independent living.The Gender Centre’s residential program provides supported shared crisis temporary accommodation for up to three months. Please note 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 bed availability and of the outcome of an individual risk assessment
The Gender Centre has a range of accommodation options; all are located within the inner west of Sydney from shared refuge housing to single transitional dwellings. We have three crisis properties all within a three km walking distance from the Gender Centre and 21 single one -bedroom transitional dwellings through our partnership arrangements that are managed by Metro Housing, St George Housing and Ecclesia Housing
The principal eligibility criterion for assistance from the Gender Centre’s housing program is current or imminent housing crisis, regardless of an individual location within the borders of NSW, and the applicant is transgender gender questioning or gender diverse. The Centre’s resources are then matched to those awaiting assistance, taking into account the extent of a client’s housing and support needs, and personal vulnerability.
An applicant undergoes a formal residential risk assessment with the Gender Centre residential program. Applicants will be assessed on the following basis: that the applicant satisfies the eligibility criteria; and the client is in need of stable, semi-supported housing, and is 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.
Crisis Residential Program
Clients are accepted into our crisis program who meet the eligibility criterion for assistance from the Gender Centre's crisis housing program who are in current or imminent housing crisis, regardless of an individuals location within the boarders of NSW or their income .Clients in our crisis program undertake weekly case management with their case worker to facilitate progress towards building their capacity to for independent living.
Exclusion from the crisis 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.
Individual tenancies are available subject to tenants compliance with their housing lease, agreements with our housing partners and the conditions of case management with your 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.
Requirements for Continued residence
Clients in both our crisis and transitional residential programs are required to have weekly or fortnightly contact with their case worker or case manager. Case management is an integral part of The Gender Centre’s residential program.
Clients must negotiate planned progress strategies with their case managers.
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