Housing and homelessness
DCJ Housing, Community Housing Providers and Specialist Homelessness Services continue to provide you accommodation and support. This has not changed.
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How to contact us
For your safety and the well-being of our staff please call us instead of coming into our offices. Face to face services at Housing offices will now be by appointment only.
You can also access a range of services through:
- Link2Home: 1800 152 152
- Housing Contact Centre: 1800 422 322
- call your local office
- the MyHousing app from the App Store or Google Play, or
- by going to www.facs.nsw.gov.au/myhousing
- contact the Aboriginal Housing Office: 1800 727 555 or https://www.aho.nsw.gov.au/
A letter from the Minister and fact sheet has been sent to all public housing and Aboriginal Housing Office tenants in NSW. It explains how DCJ Housing is responding to COVID-19, and provides more information about additional Centrelink payments, rent charges, office arrangements, self-isolation and maintenance.
- Letter from the Minister PDF, 597.97 KB
- Fact sheet: COVID-19 advice for DCJ Housing tenants PDF, 252.73 KB
Outreach to vulnerable tenants
DCJ Housing is making outreach phone calls to elderly and vulnerable tenants to check on their welfare, identify any assistance they may need, and provide information on preventative health measures.
At home visits
Housing staff are trained on how to best protect themselves and tenants from COVID-19.
If you are due to have a visit from DCJ Housing and you feel unwell, or you are self-isolating or under quarantine, please call us before your appointment.
Our staff will not visit you at home if they’re unwell or may have been exposed to COVID-19. We will also call you before any visit to make sure you’re okay and not at risk.
Coronavirus support payments
The Australian Government has announced a number of additional payments as part of its response to the Coronavirus outbreak. These include one-off Economic Support payments of $750 and a temporary payment of $550 per fortnight, known as the Coronavirus Supplement.
DCJ Housing will not be counting these additional payments as assessable income for the purpose of social housing eligibility or any rental subsidy. Those receiving these payments will retain the benefit in full.
Property maintenance and additional cleaning
Our maintenance contractors continue to undertake cleaning and maintenance activities, following all safety and hygiene guidelines.
We are increasing common area cleaning programs in multi-unit and high rise building complexes in the inner city. We will expand this service out to more unit complex sites in the near future.
The program will focus on cleaning high traffic areas and touch points in these unit blocks, such as lift buttons, door handles, bin chutes and doors, stairwells, handrails, letterboxes and shared laundries.
Tenants are encouraged to follow NSW Health advice such as regularly washing your hands, maintaining good health and hygiene and being mindful of others in shared spaces.
Additional private rental assistance
On 27 March 2020, the NSW Government announced an additional $34 million to prevent and respond to homelessness in response to COVID-19. This includes $20 million to accelerate pathways for existing clients of homelessness services and priority social housing applicants to secure stable housing in the private rental market through Rent Choice Assist, Rent Choice Assist COVID-19, Start Safely and Rent Choice Youth.
Where to find help
Help is available if you are homeless or at risk of becoming homelessness.
Link2home is the statewide homelessness information and referral telephone service. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Link2Home can be contacted by phone on 1800 152 152.
Ask Izzy is a search tool to help people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness find shelter, food, health and other critical support services.
Support for rough sleepers
DCJ assertive outreach teams and homelessness services (eg assertive outreach, drop in and other services) are continuing to work with people sleeping rough to offer accommodation and encourage them to engage with support services.
Assertive outreach teams adhere to advice from NSW Health, including social distancing, in order to minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19 to people sleeping rough and to minimise risks for workers. A General Practitioner joins assertive outreach patrols in the City of Sydney.
Teams also distribute hand sanitser where supplies permit and provide information on COVID-19 symptoms and where to seek help should symptoms develop.
More information is available on the Important information about COVID-19 for SHS providers page.
DCJ has a range of Temporary Accommodation options available across NSW, including accommodation suitable for self-isolation.
On 27 March 2020, the NSW Government announced an additional $34 million to prevent and respond to homelessness in response to COVID-19. This includes an increase of $14 million to support more people with Temporary Accommodation, including to accommodate rough sleepers for as long as is necessary to protect them at this time.
The length of Temporary Accommodation assistance offered is based on an assessment of a client’s immediate housing needs. The usual limit of 28 days of Temporary Accommodation in a year will not be applied for rough sleepers and other people who are homeless during the pandemic.
The initial period of Temporary Accommodation provided for new homeless clients has been increased from 2 nights to 5 nights. This initial period is used to provide accommodation while identifying what medium and longer-term options the person may have. This can be extended over the phone, without needing to visit the local housing office.
Specialist Homelessness Services
DCJ is working with Specialist Homelessness Services providers on local service continuity plans. This includes prioritising essential crisis accommodation and rough sleeper supports, assisting providers with additional staffing costs and supporting clients who need to self-isolate with Temporary Accommodation. More information can be found on the Important information about COVID-19 for SHS providers page.
DCJ has established a Sydney Rough Sleeper COVID-19 Taskforce with the City of Sydney, local health districts and homelessness services to support local decision-making, coordination and communication.
For more information
- Information for people who rent their home: Renting & Coronavirus: What you need to know (Tenants’ Union of NSW)