It is impossible to book crisis or hostel accommodation prior to arriving in most circumstances.

Most crisis accommodation  is seasonal and socially and economically driven. There may be a lot more beds in Sydney and other states; but there’s never enough, the demand is very high and they are usually filled by mid- morning so you have to start ringing or turning up very early.

Meals and in the morning are very busy so you have keep a close eye on things; be assertive not aggressive. Keep a close eye on all your things – nail your shoes to the floor; stand over your washing; keep your cigarettes and other valuables out of sight!. There will be people with challenging behavior and in worse shape than you, so it is not a good idea to start taking the moral high ground .

Hope hostel Parramatta (men only) : 9683 1630

Kendal house Parramatta (men only) : 9891 5234

St Jude’s: Bankstown (men only) : 9796 8416

Wesley Missions Homeless persons Service
348a Bourke, st Surry hills
Phone: (02) 9361 0981

A woman’s place
92 Victoria Street, Potts Point
Phone: (02) 9358 6222 Fax: (02) 9356 3743
Women only, 24 hrs 18yrs and over

Albion st
66b Albion Street, Surry Hills
Phone: (02) 9211 2833
Short term accommodation, men and woman 18yrs and over

City Woman’s hostel
108 Flinders Street, Darlinghurst
Phone: (02) 9360 4881
Crisis Accommodation

Single woman’s refuge
P.O. Box 437, Bondi Junction
Phone: (02) 9389 4431 Single Women

Edward Eagar lodge
348 Bourke Street, Darlinghurst
Phone: (02) 9361 0981
Crisis accommodation men only 18yrs and over

Foster House
5 Mary Street, Surry Hills NSW
Phone: (02) 9212 1965
Men only, 18yrs and over, short term crisis accom
Referral to housing options 97 beds

Guthrie house
9 Liberty Street, Enmore
Phone: (02) 9516 5588
Women only

Kendal house
24 Pitt Street, Parramatta
Phone: (02) 9891 5234 Fax: (02) 9689 3610
Crisis accommodation, proclaimed place.

Mathew Talbot
22 Talbot Place, Wooloomooloo
Phone: (02) 9357 1533
Crisis accommodation for homeless men over 18yrs 200 beds

Samaritan house
6 O’Laughlan Street, Surry Hills
Phone: (02) 9211 5794
Single women 18 – 60 yrs

Rainbow Lodge

Phone: 02 9660 7695       Fax: 02 9660 7695

Mail: PO Box 131, Glebe NSW 2037    Email:

Description: Provides transitional supported accommodation for adult male ex-prisoners. Staffed by trained welfare workers. Offers affordable accommodation (6 months) within close proximity to the centre of Sydney. Access to range of support services, such as case management, general counselling and life skills training. Provides assistance in obtaining education, employment, job training, financial support, legal support and long term housing.

Hours: 24 hours, 7 days   Eligibility: Must be on supervised parole

Contact: Co-ordinator/Welfare Officer, 9660 7695

Referral: Must be referred by prison parole officers or welfare units.

Disability Access: No     Area Served: NSW

NSW Department of Housing  After Hours Temporary Accommodation Line

Phone : 1800 152 152

4.30pm to 10.00pm Monday to Friday 10.00am to 10.00pm Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays. This is a statewide service that provides temporary accommodation outside normal office hours for homeless people. Clients are offered one or a small number of nights accommodation and are required to visit a Department of Housing local office at the first available time to discuss long-term accommodation options.

NSW Department of Housing Housing Contact Centre

Phone : 1800 629 212 (freecall)
Provides 24 hour/7 days a week contact service for the Department’s clients statewide.

Share Housing As rents go up and the average incomes remain relatively low, more and more people are choosing to share houses and flats in order to keep costs down. read more

The Share Housing Survival Guide

Community Housing In New South Wales, community housing is provided by the not-for-profit sector and administered by the Community Housing Division. Community housing is part of the broader social housing system, offering those most in need, access to affordable and appropriate housing.   read more

The Registrar of Community Housing Community housing is a viable and diverse component of the NSW social housing sector. As of June 2008 community housing in NSW accounts for more than 10 percent of all social housing and assists more than 78,000 people. This assistance is delivered by almost 380 community housing providers that manage nearly 17,000 properties. In addition, there are almost 120 organisations that manage over 1000 properties under community leases which are administered by Housing NSW.  read more

Churches Housing Churches Housing was established to assist churches and church welfare organisations to develop housing initiatives for individuals and families on low incomes in partnership with the State Government. Their aim is to support church groups in their mission of compassion and justice as they seek to follow Christ’s example to care for those who are most disadvantaged. read more

Sydney Crisis and Homeless Accommodation If you are planning to plug into services in a different state there are a few things that you may want to consider first before you start latching on to day dreams. It is impossible to book crisis or hostel accommodation prior to arriving in most circumstances. Some services and only if you have extreme needs may make arrangements with their interstate partners but in most cases they are somewhat reluctant to do so. read more

    Other Useful Links

    Department of Housing NSW Website

    Tenant & Legal Advisory Services
    • NSW Housing Appeals Committee, (Phone) 1800 629 794, (Website)
    • Greater Sydney Aboriginal Tenants Service (GSATS), (Phone) 02 9282 6727 or 9282 6794, (Fax) 02 0282 6783
    • Tenants Union of NSW, (Website)
    • NSW Office of Fair Trading, (Phone) 13 32 20, (Website)

    • Electricity, Energy Australia, (Phone) 131 535, (Website)
    • Gas, AGL, (Phone) 131 245, (Website)
    • Emergency Water Services, Sydney Water, (Phone) 13 20 90
    • Telephone, Telstra, (Phone) 132 200, (Website)
    Optus, (Phone) 1800 501 064, (Website)


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