Homelessness: How one young mum and her family got back on their feet

Just a few months before last Christmas, Sarah Mclean found herself without a home for herself and her two young children.

The 20-year-old had been living with her mother, but the pair had a rocky relationship.

When her mum moved into a one-bedroom unit, Sarah had no choice but to leave her job working in promotions and couch surf amongst her friends.

“I’m grateful [to my friends] but it was annoying at the same time because we had to walk on eggshells … they’d have work but the kids would wake up and be loud and I’d have to take them somewhere.”

Sarah spent two months without a proper home before she was taken in by the San Miguel Family Centre in North Richmond, in Sydney’s north-west.

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