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New South Wales Government - Housing NSW
Housing NSW provides long-term subsidised rental housing through three sectors, commonly known as social housing:

Public Housing - Housing NSW directly manages approximately 130,000 properties
Community Housing - Housing NSW provides more than 13,000 properties through community housing providers
Aboriginal Housing - Housing NSW manages more than 4,100 properties on behalf of the Aboriginal Housing Office

NSW - Western Sydney - Women and Dependant Children Mental Illness Program
Charmian Clift Cottages offer stable supported accommodation for homeless women living with a mental illness and their dependant children. The facility also provides information, advocacy and referrals. Ongoing support is provided for ex-residents and their children once they move into the broader community

Charmian Clift Cottages
PO Box 64, Doonside NSW 2767
Hours: 24 hours support, 7 days a week
Tel: (02) 8882 4000
Fax: (02) 9831 1995

For further information, go to The Richmond Fellowship of New South Wales website

New South Wales - City of Sydney Homelessness Services
The City of Sydney has a dedicated Homelessness Unit. Services provided include the Homeless Persons Information Centre (HPIC), a telephone information and referral service that refers those in the community who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, to the services that may assist them

New South Wales - NSW Women's Refuge Movement Resource Centre
The WRM is a network of 53 women's refuges situated across New South Wales providing support and accommodation for women and children escaping domestic violence

New South Wales - Southern Youth and Family Services IHP
IHP is an outreach service providing affordable medium to long term housing to young people between the ages of 18 and 23. The accommodation varies, but includes furnished and unfurnished bed-sits and one bedroom single occupancy flats, through to furnished and unfurnished three bedroom flats and houses. The service supports couples and young people with children

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What does it mean to be a single mum?Of course, the


are the most important thing in a single mum's life. Kids are the focus and always have been. But along with the children, there are other matters that can confuse a single mum's life.


plays a big part of a single mother's life, mainly because this is where a large percentage of single mums get their finances from. Centrelink are the source from where the

single mother pension

, or as it is otherwise known, the single parent payment comes from. The single mother pension is a subsistence amount, but just the same, it is money to live on, and so it is important, no matter if it is called single parent payment, single mother pension or whatever Centrelink welfare classes it at the time

Often, single mums come out of a


or defacto relationship only to find that their troubles have just begun, and find that their first step leads them towards Family Law - it's time to engage a lawyer.
There are more than just Centrelink finance problems to worry about, as mentioned before, but also

child custody

issues. Child custody is something that hits right at the heart of

single mums

. If a single mother's ex husband or ex partner has been a domestic violence perpetrator, the mum may be greatly worried about child custody. They worry that their kids won't be safe with their spouse, who has already proven to be abusive because they caused

domestic violence

, which resulted in a divorce or separation.

Even so,

Family Court

will often still order a form of child custody named

Shared Parenting

. Shared Parenting is a form of child custody division of time or parental responsibility between the parents. Mother's often look for a good divorce lawyer to try to avoid share parenting with an abusive ex-spouse after divorce, however in many cases Shared Parenting is still the outcome after the divorce, no matter how good the divorce lawyers have been. They will often settle for visitation at a contact centre or access centre where fathers or mothers are supervised during child custody access.

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