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In a remarkable display of resilience and determination, Claire, a devoted single mother, has overcome significant challenges to create a brighter future for herself and her four-year-old daughter, Lilly.

When devastating floods struck Lismore in 2022, Claire’s rental home became completely unlivable, leaving her homeless and facing financial constraints. Despite the hurdles, Claire persisted, tirelessly searching for a new place and securing one in Main Arm, NSW. However, even with a new home, affording basic necessities and the cost of rent remained challenging.

Instead of giving up hope, Claire sought assistance from Momentum Collective’s Rent Assistance Program, where she was linked to our Specialist Homelessness Service Case Manager, Christian.

“Providing rental assistance and comprehensive support to individuals like Claire is vital for ensuring stability and security for families dealing with housing challenges,” explains Christian. “We work closely with clients to address their immediate needs and want them to feel empowered them to build a brighter future.”

Under Christian’s guidance and several catchups, Claire received various assistance, including educational support, rent relief and valuable budgeting advice.

With the support of the Rent Assistance Program, Claire balanced the demands of her new part-time job and the challenges of establishing her business. Her resourcefulness and the Momentum’s support enabled her to overcome initial obstacles and pave a sustainable path forward for herself and Lilly.

Equipped with the knowledge and resources provided to Claire successfully launched her company and begun saving for the first time. With her financial stability, she can now provide Lilly with a secure and nurturing environment, ensuring her daughter’s wellbeing and fostering opportunities for a promising future.

Claire’s success story is a source of inspiration for others facing similar challenges. It reminds us that anyone can overcome obstacles and achieve their dreams with solid support and determination. Claire’s journey symbolises hope, showing that a brighter future is possible even in tough times.

*Disclaimer: the mother and daughter in this story are not featured in the image. This is a stock image featuring.

If you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness, please visit our Specialist Homelessness Services page for more information. Alternatively, please call our friendly team on 1300 900 091.