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    Default Could use some advice

    Hi ladies. I'm currently pregnant with bub number one and I'm single. At the moment I am still living with my parents, but they have expressed that I will no longer be welcome once bub arrives.

    I need to know how I am going to find somewhere to live, how I'm going to afford life. I don't currently work, I'm on disability pension and I study part time. I'm not currently able to work. I called up my local council and got referred to a community outreach program. They then referred me onto Hanover, but suggested I just look at private rentals. Unfortunately everything near me that is affordable is in streets filled with drugs and violence, and not somewhere I would willingly take a baby.

    Does anyone have any advice for me? I'm feeling very alone in all this.

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    Default Could use some advice

    Is there no way u can stay with ur parents, just until u get on ur feet? Where do u live?

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    Default Could use some advice

    I live in SE Melbourne. And no, no babies in the house. I'm only 11 and a half weeks, so I have a while.

    I have 2 friends who are single mums that live in commission housing, but they spent time in refuges prior to this. I'm scared to end up in a refuge.

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    Default Could use some advice

    Refuges are definitely best avoided. I would get in contact with the housing department and get on their waitlist. I know it's not ideal but can u stay with friends? I wish I could help more

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    Default Could use some advice

    When you book into the hospital (to have bub) tell the midwife everything- they will refer you onto hospital social work who can help with short to medium term housing and bond etc.

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    I think unfortunately as it's so difficult to get any housing assistance these days due to the obvious lack of affordable housing.
    You might just have to settle for a dodgy area. It's what i've had to do myself. I live in the middle of a housing commision area where junkies and ferals are quite common and it still costs me half my income in rent per week. I guess it still beats homelessness.
    I agree with the pp about talking to the hospital social worker or even one at centrelink. You never know, you might be lucky and they might find you something suitable.

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    Default Could use some advice

    Have you looked in to house sharing? Start looking at ads and apply now - you can even put your own ad looking for another single mum in the same position for example. Or I'm sure you would find someone happy to share with you and bubs - it helps everyone financially that way.

    Since you have plenty of time still it's worth looking in to now, rather than waiting until the last minute. Don't put that extra stress on yourself and try to avoid refuges if you can.

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    Call Centrelink and tell them you need to go on the waitlist as an emergency case. I hope you can get something worked out soon

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    have you looked on gumtree for renting out a room or granny flat?

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    Thanks so much. I have my first hospital appointment on the 24th, so hopefully the midwife can connect me with some support. I'll keep an eye out for some ads for sharing with single mums or for granny flats. Might be a good way to go.

    I might keep updating this as I go in case anyone else finds themself in this situation.


 

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