What We Do

Spare Keys is a groundbreaking charity helping Australia’s most vulnerable people get back on their feet by finding them safe places to stay in rooms that would otherwise be empty. We primarily work with hotels and property developers to access unsold rooms and homes, and link them with people who urgently need a roof over their head (e.g. Domestic Violence victims and the homeless). It’s our goal to end Australia’s homeless crisis, for good. We also find people who could really use a holiday or a place to stay (like carers, parents with sick children and those affected by natural disasters) and give them one, for free. It’s an innovative approach to using excess capacity in the economy for the most vulnerable people (and pets) in our society.

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Donate your spare keys to people and pets affected by natural disasters

With a bushfire crisis engulfing much of the nation and cyclones on the way, there are thousands of people and pets in need of a safe place to stay. Register your place and we’ll link you with local authorities who can help you help those in need.

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Help Save Someone’s Life Right Now.

Right now, around Australia there are thousands of people staying in violent and abusive situations because they have nowhere else to go. You can help.

What happens next?

Spare Keys provides the shelter in a room that would otherwise have gone unused. Once a guest arrives, we bring in other experienced service providers to offer counselling, financial advice and support so they can get their life started away from the abusive situation.

Who We Work With

We partner with hotels, property developers, BnB’s airlines, tourist attractions and other suppliers who have spare capacity and an ability to help those in need. In the crisis accommodation space Spare Keys acts as a bridge between hotels and individuals who have empty rooms, and emergency and temporary accommodation providers who find rooms for the homeless, victims of domestic violence, families staying away from home whilst their loved ones receive hospital treatment, and other people for whom booking a room at a hotel or on AirBnB is not an option due to cost, or some other form of disadvantage.

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Spare Keys is  Registered Charity

All donations are tax deductible and 100% of the money we raise goes directly to helping those in need.

The Size of the Problem

Right now, in Australia, there are 106,000 homeless people. 60% of them are women, and many of those are homeless because they’re fleeing a domestic violence situation … Each year in Australia thousands of people are displaced due to natural disasters – 20,000+ people had to evacuate as a result of Cyclone Debbie, Victoria’s Black Saturday bushfires left more than 7,500 people homeless, and six months after Cyclone Yasi 1,000 people were still unable to live in their homes … Last year in Queensland almost 2,000 families stayed in a Ronald McDonald house because they had a loved one in hospital.