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    Neleh House

    Neleh House provides crisis accommodation and support to single women and women with children. Neleh House provides safe and secure accommodation to women and women with children who are victims of domestic violence or homelessness.

    Clients are assisted to develop the necessary living, social and parenting skills which will help them to sustain their own tenancy. The Refuge is a supportive and caring environment which assists women and children to overcome the effects of domestic violence and rebuild their lives.

    Jean was so overwhelmed with the support and stated how safe she felt in the house.

    Jean was born in China and had been living in Australia for seven years with her husband, who had become increasingly violent. She had very limited English and no family or friends for support. Jean had to leave her home and began sleeping on the trains, which was a very frightening experience. It had taken a toll on her health and she was diagnosed with severe depression and also suffered with chronic pain due to a spinal condition. Staff assisted Jean to access medical services and her health dramatically improved once she was settled in the Refuge. She was so overwhelmed with the support and stated how safe she felt in the house.

    Jean was offered permanent accommodation through Housing NSW in an over 55’s village, which is close to public transport so she can continue to access medical services. She was assisted to furnish her new home through a Brokerage Program, as she had come to Neleh with only a backpack of belongings. Jean will continue to be supported until she is linked in with the necessary support services to maintain her tenancy.


    Neleh is funded by Community Services as a Specialist Homelessness Service and is supported by numerous community groups and organisations.