MAT Earley feels at home inside the radio studio.
He speaks comfortably into the microphone and moves his way confidently around the sound board and computer.
He has all the tools he needs to present his independent and classic rock radio show on 2BOB twice a week.
Mat was born with spina bifida and uses a wheelchair.
Inside the studio, his wheelchair poses no challenges, but in other places, such as homes, it can.
Mat needs a home that has wide doorways, a ramp and a shower with no lip.
Currently Mat has this, but is it not his home, it is his parents'.
At 31-years-old, Mat has lived out of home before and enjoyed the independence.
He lived in Byron Bay and the Gold Coast when completing degrees in audio engineering and communications, and a diploma in event management.
There he was able to live in affordable and suitable student accommodation.
"The student accommodation was on a flat level and the ensuite had an accessible shower," explained Mat.
When Mat became unwell due to kidney problems he had to return home.
Upon his recovery he applied for a supported living package, which would gain him access to someone to assist with cleaning, laundry, shopping and other needs.
Six months ago the package was granted to Mat and his search for his own place to call home began.
What he didn't expect was for it to be so difficult.
"I've been to nearly all of the real estate agents in the area, and even looked at Forster," said Mat.
"But the homes that have the alterations I need, are usually new homes, which I can't afford.
"The older homes in my budget, need to have alterations, but I haven't found anyone (landlords) willing to have those done."
Looking for a home has become a ritual of sorts for Mat.
Each day he looks on the various real estate websites looking for any new listings.
If he sees something that might work, he'll contact the real estate but so far none have been willing to make the changes he needs.
"I have all the tools in place - I just don't have the home"
"I have all the tools in place - I just don't have the home," he said.
"I didn't think it was going to be as hard as it has been."
Usually for someone in Mat's situation Housing NSW will assist with finding accommodation.
"But, you can only be on one Housing NSW list and I am on the list for Newcastle," he explained.
Living in Newcastle is a long term goal for Mat, so he can continue his ambition to be on commercial radio.
"It could take two or three years or more to get on the top of that list, so if I get taken off the list, I might never make it up the top."
Mat is hoping there could be property owners in the area waiting to put listings up that might suit his needs or those willing to do simple alterations like removing a shower door and adding small ramps.
"I need something as flat as possible or possibly with back entrances or garage entrances that I might be able to get in," said Mat.
"I would get a small ramp made if needed."
If you know someone that could help contact Mat on email@example.com or 0423 375 392.