Dealing with Homelessness
ACRO has been involved in the provisioning of accommodation for homeless people since the 1970s. The rapidly changing landscape of housing over the past decade has placed enormous pressure on services that provide emergency accommodation, including ACRO. Policies to privatise public housing; new rules with respect to public housing stock; the movement of large numbers of interstate people with a resultant shortage of private rentals have all combined to make finding a house to live a nightmare. Those who would have been able to afford private rental a decade ago are now falling into the catchment of those who cannot pay private costs and are either potentially, or actually, now homeless themselves.

ACRO has a limited number of accommodation units available for those with significant homelessness issues. These houses are located in various suburbs and are in high demand with considerable wait periods.

Accommodation with Support
Accommodation for the sake of a roof over one's head rarely solves the issue of homelessness for most people. By definition, emergency accommodation is not available to clients as a long-term fix. ACRO, with the financial support of State and Federal governments is able to provide support for residents in its short-term accommodation to prepare them for exit from us and entry into the private rental marketplace. ACRO's staff is highly versed on the issues of budgeting, dealing with private rental agents, bond loans, rental relief and the range of other matters that will confront our clients when they leave us. Without support, clients are destined to lurch from crisis to crisis; home to home; welfare agency to welfare agency. ACRO prides itself on its strategies to move people into more stable and long-term housing following a move from our accommodation.

Intermediary Housing

In recent times, and in view of the crisis in housing generally, ACRO has recognised that for some clients in its housing with support program are not afforded enough time to transition to the private rental market. The organisation has secured additional housing for people who have graduated from our housing with support but who are not quite ready (or capable) to survive privately. These clients receive minimal support but are required to escalate their rental payments whilst with us in preparation for a time when full private rental will be mandatory. ACRO recognises that, as with most issues in social justice, gradual progression through levels reduces stress and increases the probability of long-term success in implementation.