Homelessness Support Resources in Riverland, South Australia

STAMP (Stand Tall and Make Progress).

Job Prospects, together with Life Without Barriers and Aboriginal Sobriety Group, are offering a unique opportunity for community members to participate in “STAMP” – a free program designed to assist individuals in reaching their full potential.

The program will be delivered over 6 weekly sessions, providing employment and training advice, tips on maintaining positive mental health and wellbeing, budgeting, tenancy management, cooking and other interactive sessions.

Housing and tenancy

Our aim at Life Without Barriers is to support you finding and retaining a home. We understand that everyone’s circumstances and needs are different and that’s why our support is individually tailored, and followed up through a collaborative, integrated and partnered approach – we are in this together!

Your case manager will help you evaluate the different options available to you when seeking a residential tenancy and will also provide you with a range of resources to help you through the process.

Need help finding somewhere to live?

First it is important to assess which type of property is right for your needs:

Private Rental
Community Housing
Public Rental
Purchase

Below you will find a list of trusted real estate agents that will help you to find the appropriate housing option

Need help with obtaining a bond?

There are several options available to you:

  • Go to your local Housing SA office to make an access appointment to ascertain your eligibility for public housing
  • Search “community housing providers” in your area to discover your options
  • Complete the on-line application to see if you are eligible

Need help maintaining your tenancy?

All tenants are responsible for maintaining their property inside and outside of the home. Your landlord will provide the expected frequency of inspections for your property and discuss any concerns with you during the inspection.

The individual named in the tenancy agreement is also responsible for reporting any maintenance issues that are the Landlord’s responsibility to repair in a timely manner, these might include but are not limited to, leaking taps, a faulty toilet or drainage issue, faulty smoke alarms, broken cupboards or blinds.

Need help finding community housing?

Community housing is a good option for people who are vulnerable and on very low to low and moderate incomes, to access affordable, secure and sustainable housing. Below is a list of the different options available in your area:

Once you have identified what options are right for you, make sure you look at the other areas on this website which are here to support you, such as providing budgeting advice, training and employment, social and emotional wellbeing.

Employment and training

At Life Without Barriers, we understand there may be many factors that can contribute to homelessness. One of these factors may be unemployment. That’s why we have created “My Pathway, My Future.” This website has been developed as a guide for individuals with psychosocial disability who require support with accessing and maintaining education, training and employment options. The information on this website has been gathered from various sources including individuals with psychosocial disability, their carers and significant others, service providers, students, volunteers, educators, trainers and employers.

Budgeting

We understand that it can be difficult to buy food or pay bills, and that as a result you may experience other health problems such as stress, depression, anxiety and loss of sleep. You may even be at risk of losing your family, friends, house or job. You don’t have to face it alone - our case managers are here to help you.

Need help budgeting?

Below are some budgeting tools and debt reduction techniques to help you make informed decisions to resolve your financial difficulties.

  • Seek support from a financial counsellor
  • Decide what you ’need’ and what you ‘want’
  • Complete a personal budget using a budgeting tool
  • Attend some budgeting sessions at a local community service agency

Nutrition and meal preparation

Good nutrition is essential in maintaining your health and wellbeing. A healthy diet reduces the risk of future illness and can improve your quality of life. A good diet will:

  • Reduce the risk of some diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, some cancers, and osteoporosis
  • Reduce high blood pressure
  • Lower high cholesterol
  • Improve your well-being
  • Improve your ability to fight off illness
  • Improve your ability to recover from illness or injury

However, we recognise that it may not be that easy! We know that you may eat fewer meals per day, lack food more often, and are more likely to have a poorer nutritional status – and we are here to help!

Looking for a nutritious meal?

Then come and join us for FREE cooking classes to learn how to prepare delicious, nutritious meals which you can enjoy at the end of each session, including soups and stews, chicken and pasta bakes, lasagne and more.

Otherwise, thanks to the support of several Riverland businesses and community services, a variety of free food and grocery items are available here at Life Without Barriers, including items such as fresh fruit and vegetables, pasta, drinks, chips and chocolate, bread, cereal, sauces and we also have bakery items delivered including pies, pasties, buns, pizzas, bread and rolls.

Cooking Classes

Every Tuesday and Thursday at 11am

Food Bank

Every Thursday and Friday from 9:30 – 2:30pm

If neither of the above sound like something you are interested in, then here are some other ideas which you can do yourself.

Find us

Life Without Barriers, 12 Crawford Terrace, Berri, SA 5343

Social and emotional wellbeing

We understand that the experience of homelessness can have a devastating impact on individuals and families: emotionally, mentally and physically. Check out the Anxiety and depression checklist if you think you might need some help:

Cultural connections

At Life Without Barriers, we understand the importance for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men to maintain connections with their culture, particularly during difficult times. That’s why we have partnered with the Aboriginal Sobriety Group and Aboriginal Health Council to run regular Cultural Connection sessions for you to stay connected.

The healing through connection to culture is for Aboriginal men, aged 13 and above. The session have been built for you to connect to culture and identity through art, yarning circles and group activities. The sessions are free and are held regularly in several Riverland towns.

Lunch is included.

For details of our next session, please contact Sam Mitchell at Life Without Barriers.

Get in touch

For further information about our Riverland programs and services, please contact our Berri Office:

Life Without Barriers
12 Crawford Terrace
Berri SA 5343