Boarding Houses

Our boarding houses provide a safe and secure place to live for single people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Unity Housing has four boarding houses with a variety of different room types. Some rooms have their own kitchenette and/or bathroom.

Our boarding houses give people a chance to learn to live independently and prepare for moving into longer term housing.

Unity Housing has four boarding houses located in the city of Adelaide:

  • The Terrace is a mixed gender site with 95 rooms (staffed 24/7)
  • Citi Hall is a male-only site with six (6) rooms
  • Gilles Lodge is a female-only site with 11 rooms
  • Hurtle Square is a female-only site with five (5) rooms

We work closely with our support partner agencies to help build successful tenancies. Boarding house tenants can also access both in-house and community-based support including:

  • financial counselling
  • legal assistance
  • recreation and leisure activities
  • cooking and nutrition, and
  • health management.

Click here to read our brochure Unity’s Boarding Houses.

Click here to read the Guidelines for Living in Unity Boarding House Accommodation.

Am I eligible for boarding house accommodation?

To be eligible you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or over
  • Be a low income earner (proof of income required)
  • Be able to live independently (and be linked with supports)
  • Have the ability and commitment to comply with the lease and Boarding House Guidelines for Living

Our boarding houses do not provide emergency and crisis accommodation or case management services.

How to apply for boarding house accommodation

To apply for a boarding house room you need to have a support agency in place and they need to refer you to Unity Housing.

The support agency needs to be able to support you to maintain your tenancy. They will help you complete the application form and will send it to Unity Housing.

Our application form can be downloaded here.

You will need to come to a meeting so we can meet you and make sure we have enough information about you and your needs.

You need to keep your contact details up to date so we can get in touch with you if a suitable room becomes available.

You need to stay in contact with your support agency or we will not be able to offer you a room.

Housing is in limited supply, so you need to keep looking at all housing options.

What happens next?

If approved, your application will go on the waiting list. We will contact you if a suitable vacancy becomes available.

Mark shares his story about his experience as a Unity Housing tenant: