Territory Housing generally offers housing to applicants on a 'first in with their application, first housed' basis. Applicants are placed in a queue called the 'wait list'. However, housing may be offered 'out of turn' to people who are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless, have serious medical or social issues including financial problems, family violence, sexual assault or a disability.
Applications for priority housing are carefully assessed as housing offered to an applicant ahead of others on the wait list means that those other applicants have to wait longer. Everyone on the wait list has a need for public housing so it is unfair to house people out of turn unless their need for housing is serious and urgent.
Whilst Territory Housing provides long-term solutions to housing needs; we can also refer an applicant who may be in need of crisis/emergency accommodation on a short-term basis to other organisations. The following are lists of organisations that may be able to assist.