It took Jane a while of bouncing between different houses before she thought, "I'm homeless, I don't have anywhere to live".
The 19-year-old spent three weeks living out of her car with her dog before, finally, this month she moved into a new home in Merimbula.
Jane, whose name has been changed to preserve her anonymity, decided to speak out for Youth Homelessness Matters Day on Wednesday, April 17 to help raise awareness of how homelessness can happen to anyone.
"As long as you still try, you still push through and you still ask for help, I feel you will still get somewhere," she said.
At first she stayed with her mother, but then her mother was evicted from the house so she lived between her father's and her partner's mother's houses.
Then her partner's mother moved interstate and there was no room for her stay at her father's place, which meant she had to live in her car while drastically trying to find a new home to rent, struggling to find a place especially as she had her dog.
"Things happened so fast. Next thing I know I'm living out of my car and I'm a burden," she said.
While this was stressful enough, Jane continued to work her full-time job in the health industry as well as study at university.
South East Women And Children Services (SEWACS) instigated the Youth Homelessness Matters Day in Littleton Gardens, Bega on Wednesday. Over the past year they supported 92 youths in the Bega Valley who were couch surfing - which is the main form of homelessness in the area.
One of the people they supported was Jane, who spoke to the Bega District News in the gardens and was over the moon about finally having a home to live in.
"I just can't wait to get back home and spend time there!" she said.
"I wanted stability for so long and I felt like I haven't had it.
"I felt like the only place I really belonged was my car as it was the only thing in my name."
She knows other people who are homeless in the area and wanted the community to know "the obvious signs of homelessness aren't so obvious".
"They just cruise and couch surf," she said.
"People don't say 'I don't have anywhere to live', they just get on with surviving."