Melissa Fahey, a single mother of three children, and 28-weeks pregnant is struggling to find a a real estate agent that will accept her application for a rental property.
Melissa Fahey, a single mother of three children, and 28-weeks pregnant is struggling to find a a real estate agent that will accept her application for a rental property. Jay Cronan

Mum, three kids homeless

MELISSA FAHEY is about to give birth to her fourth child, and she is homeless.

Ms Fahey moved to Lismore from Queensland with her daughters – Sharmon, 5, Gracie, 4, and Bella, 3 – four months ago.

She was hoping for a fresh start after her marriage broke down, but her dreams of a new life have turned into a nightmare.

Now as the birth of her son draws closer – she is 28 weeks pregnant – she is worried she may end up living in her car.

“I don’t want them to take the children off me,” Ms Fahey said.

Ms Fahey, who is staying with a friend, has applied for about 20 rental properties over the past four months.

She said she does not understand why no one will give her a go.

“It is really tough. I’m depressed,” she said.

“I don’t know where to go from here.”

With her mother dead and her father living in a caravan park in Queensland there is no one she can turn to for help, she said.

An announcement this week of a joint initiative between the state and federal governments to spend $15.3 million to tackle homelessness in NSW will not help Ms Fahey. She needs somewhere to live now.

Eight new homeless services will share the money in an effort to reduce and prevent homelessness across the State.

The new services will provide help for young people, women escaping domestic violence, and families that become homeless in areas of need.

Federal Minister for Housing, Tanya Plibersek, said homelessness was a complex problem that could not be solved with bricks and mortar alone.

“Many people find themselves on the street as a result of poverty, family breakdown, domestic violence, mental illness, or drug andalcohol addiction,” she said.

“This funding aims to address the causes of homelessness by linking people to health services, financial support, legal advice, education and employment.”



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