It was the summer of 2000, and I was still on the job as a junior IT consultant at the University of NSW.
It was also the first time I had been fired from a job I had held for a year.
My former boss had called me into his office to complain about a poor quality of work and to ask if I would be interested in a job.
I worked at the site for six months, and then left again.
For a while, I had no idea where I was going.
In 2008, a number of years after I had quit my job, the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children started looking for a new IT consultant to help run the centre.
I had already been offered a job in the IT field, and had a few months to spare before I was due to graduate from university.
In October 2010, I was sent on a one-week trial to the centre in Newcastle, to work on a new online tool for child protection.
In November, I moved to the NT to be closer to my family.
I went back to work in November and again in December.
My new employer was happy with my work, and was keen to hire me.
But I didn’t find much work.
I was offered a contract with a different company, but my salary was not enough to cover my rent.
I could have stayed in the NT but I was worried about moving back there.
In the middle of December, the NT Police announced that I would not be prosecuted for my involvement in a child sexual exploitation ring.
In February this year, I applied for an extension of time to seek employment, but it was denied.
I still haven’t found work, which means I am living on my own.
I cannot find my way to the childcare centre because I cannot afford to go to work.
There are few other options, either because of the cost of living in the city or because of a lack of suitable work in the community.
I am desperate to find a job and to make ends meet.
I want to live independently and support my children.
What’s the solution?
I am currently on the NSW Council of Social Services’ list of vulnerable people with a history of homelessness.
In July, I received a letter from the council stating that I was on the council’s list of people with at least three outstanding debts, and the council was looking into my case.
I feel I am a victim of a system that does not value my wellbeing.
The council has told me I will not be able to access housing until my debts are paid.
I have to move from my apartment to a nearby property and pay for the rent.
If I have a disability, I can’t afford to live in the CBD, which has seen an increase in violent crime, assaults and domestic violence.
My only option is to go back to the shelter and wait for the housing to be built.
This is not an option for me.
I can see no way out.
The NSW Government says that they will look at the way in which people with histories of homelessness are treated, but this is a government that has spent the past three years pushing to increase the number of homeless people in the state, including an increase to the minimum wage.
The state government has also committed to a minimum of six weeks of community services for those living in homelessness.
I think the government needs to look at a range of measures to help people who are experiencing homelessness, including a more flexible work scheme, more affordable housing, support for the vulnerable and support for those in poverty.
The NSW Government has also promised a crackdown on domestic violence and sexual assault, but there is no way to guarantee that the police will prosecute anyone who commits a violent or sexual assault.
I live in a community that is in deep crisis.
I believe in the NSW Government and the new policies that it has proposed.
But the fact that I can only access childcare from my home means that my children cannot have the same access to education, sports, music and art that other children have.
The lack of childcare makes it very difficult for me to participate in the local arts and cultural events that I used to enjoy, and for me, it has been a major hardship.
I would like to work full-time and find other work, but at this point, it is difficult to get on the housing ladder.
I work as a house cleaner, and do not have the financial means to live on my rent alone.
I also cannot afford a car.
I find it difficult to afford to travel to the CBD to work and play.
How do I apply?
There are a number options for people who have experienced homelessness or are at risk of experiencing homelessness.
There is a helpline that can be accessed by calling 1800 737 854 or by emailing the NSW Department of Family, Community and Pensions.
There may also be websites such as the National Council for People in Transition (NCPUT), which provides information on