Emergency housing

Catherine House offers emergency housing through the Emergency Program, which provides crisis accommodation for up to three months for women experiencing homelessness. Referrals are accepted from all sources, including homelessness services, hospitals, SAPOL, or directly from the woman seeking accommodation. The program is staffed 24/7 and provides full board and lodging for up to 16 clients.

Clients who stay in the Emergency Program will work with a case worker to address key presenting issues and work towards longer term accommodation goals. Each client is provided with her own room, with shared bathroom and lounge/dining facilities. Rent is calculated per client as a percentage of income, up to a maximum of 30% of the income received by clients, with an additional board component.

Working closely with the Emergency Program is a DASSA clinician, who is available to support any clients currently experiencing drug or alcohol issues. There is also an Engagement Coach on site, who utilises therapeutic techniques to support emotional wellbeing and facilitate pathways toward education and employment. To further support clients, a legal team visits weekly, and is available for all clients seeking legal advice.

Please also see our frequently asked questions page for more information about this program.