A Griffith crisis accommodation centre has been given a funding boost to help provide care for those who have moved to the city looking for work and are unable to access wider support systems.
Griffith's Barnabas House has been given a grant of $8,840 from the Sisters of Charity Foundation to help provide support for those seeking accommodation but are unable to access national support systems such as funds through Centrelink due to their non-citizen or visa holder status.
Barnabas House office administrator Robyn Wade said the funding will directly support those who are unable to access support systems such as Centrelink and as a result are unable to afford accommodation in times of crisis.
"What we've found in the past is we've had a few people - especially single mothers because they may have a young child - it makes it very difficult for them to get work and they also don't get the childcare benefit," Ms Wade said.
"It's like a catch-22 ... they are placed under quite a bit of stress because there is not a lot of other support to rely on.
"We've been really blessed to be able to say that this is our need and somebody has said - yep, we can see that and support that."
Ms Wade said the funding will allow the organisation to help four people a year for the next three years find short-term crisis accommodation, which lines up with the number of non-citizens and visa workers who the house has helped in recent years.
Barnabas House site administrator Felix Sebastian said the funds will be used for "people that are not in the system."
"The grant provider has made it clear that this grant is to help ladies in crisis which are not citizens," Mr Sebastian said.
"Those who are settling in the country and need the initial support to get them going ... Immigrants, visa holders that are not eligible for housing assistance will be eligible."
"We are helping two of our residents and the rest of the money will be used as cases arise."
One such person who will benefit from the funding is Sepa Leaana, who is currently staying at the house after her husband was hospitalised and was unable to work his position at Baiada.
Ms Leaana said the funds have allowed her family to remain in accommodation.
"We would have had nowhere to stay and be on the streets," Ms Leaana said.
Barnabas House has space for 72 people, with 28 single units and 7 family units.