Invisible homelessness: When living in your car becomes your only option

At 60, Deb never imagined she would find herself without a roof over her head, having to resort to living in her car.

“Last year in July I was hospitalised after a person in a carpark found me in my car and I was very, very sick; I couldn’t stand,” she said.

In 2017 the cost of Deb’s rental accommodation went up, she was without work and she found herself in a position where she could no longer keep up with her bills.

“I was in private rental and was paying $230 a week for a bed sitter which was just horrible — it had no heating, no smoke alarm, no space.

“They were going to put the rent up and so I left that accommodation and temporarily went to Queanbeyan where I thought I could get cheaper accommodation.

“Cheaper accommodation was non-existent.”

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