Homeless with a three-year old: How Scott got back on his feet

Scott Kessey never imagined he and his three-year-old daughter would be homeless. Two months ago, that nightmare became a reality for the 41-year-old single father.

It was a Saturday in June and Mr Kessey called Link2Home, a homelessness information and referral service provided over the phone by the NSW department of Family and Community Services (FACS).

“They put me up [in a unit] for a couple of nights,” Mr Kessey said.

The following week, the department was able to help him secure emergency housing in a motel for 28 days. During that time, he applied for private rental properties near Nowra.

“I got a phone call last week saying that I’ve been approved for a private rental,” he said.

Mr Kessey received an interest-free loan from FACS to cover his bond and will pay it back in fortnightly instalments over the next 12 months. He was also given two weeks’ advance rent, and is currently looking for work.

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Source: SMH