“It is like I’ve been given another go at life,’’ says Sarah, who spiralled into homelessness in Brisbane after the death of her husband and subsequent depression.
We recently met several older women who, after years of couch surfing, sleeping rough on Brisbane’s streets or in unsafe boarding houses, found a home in a unit at the Brisbane Housing Co’s Bonney Lane development in the Fortitude Valley. This is where Second Chance’s highly successful Bridge-the-Gap rental subsidy is helping house more women, as Queensland’s rental market grows more unaffordable. We also provide brand-new furniture packages. Sometimes it is the first time these women have owned anything new. “”I cried when I was told I’d be given that,’’ says Sarah.