Refugee women fleeing domestic violence are in dire need of safe housing but are ineligible for refuges because they have no income, says the Foundations Housing Project just published by Jesuit Refugee Service.
Ms Anjali Roberts, housing project co-ordinator with JRS, says that under current arrangements, refugee women escaping violence are not eligible for Centrelink payments and so they cannot stay in refuges because they have no exit pathway.
The project surveyed 40 domestic violence services and refuges in Sydney, with 60 per cent responding.
Almost all the 24 responding services said they wanted to collaborate with organisations supporting women seeking asylum. Nine could offer a room in a refuge is income was guaranteed and five services could collaborate if accommodation was brokered through another avenue such as a community housing provider.
The final report can be accessed at the JRS website