Star readers give helping hand
THE Northern Star’s readers have opened their hearts to victims of domestic violence after a story, published last week, highlighted the difficulty they face finding rental accommodation in the Northern Rivers.
The names of these women are often blacklisted on a tenancy data base because their partners have damaged the property leased in the woman’s name.
A severe shortage of rental properties in the Northern Rivers also makes the search for a home even more difficult.
Since the story ran local community organisation Women Up North Housing has been contacted by three landlords offering rental properties for these women.
Sonia Steiner, of Federal, was one of the landlords who responded.
“It is tragic that someone could not be able to find a home for their children,” the mother of two said.
Mrs Steiner said offering the rental property she owns with her husband was not a difficult decision.
“I just put myself in their shoes,” Mrs Steiner said.
WUNH manager Deni Connor said the response to the story had given the organisation hope that there were more housing possibilities out there than they had initially imagined.
“It has shown me that we need to reach out to the community as there are wonderful people who do want to give women a chance and want to help others.”
LJ Hooker real estatesaleswoman Amanda Ryan, a WUNH committee member, said the organisation’s clients made goodtenants.
“Everyone deserves a go,” Mrs Ryan said.
“You can’t judge a book by its cover.”
The service can evenassist landlords to accessa tenancy guarantee through the $1000 tenancy guarantee through Housing NSW.