Haven; Home, Safe (HHS) will receive an extra $2 million in funding over the next two years to help vulnerable families to gain and sustain tenancies in the private rental market in the Loddon and Mallee areas.
The funding is part of the State Government’s expansion of the successful Private Rental Assistance Program (PRAP) and program extension with the introduction of PRAP Plus.
PRAP helps people find and maintain tenancies in the private rental market, keeping them out of homelessness and is used to cover costs such as rent, bond, household items and removalists.
PRAP Plus is an initiative that will provide outreach workers to support tenancies and help solve issues when there are tenancy breakdowns and to find more appropriate properties.
Part of the funding will be used to employ additional housing brokers to locate and negotiate for appropriate properties and outreach workers to support tenancies, solve issues around tenancy breakdown and reduce preventable exits from private rental.
In the past 12 months, HHS’s PRAP teams based in Bendigo and Mildura assisted 772 people, including 588 single parents and their children.
HHS CEO Ken Marchingo AM said PRAP was a proven critical early intervention program that helped prevent or end homelessness in Loddon and Mallee areas.
PRAP coordinator in Bendigo Brad Quinn also welcomed the program’s funding extension.
“For some families, this means they don’t have to make the choice between having the utilities cut off or being evicted,’ he said
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“To save a tenancy, to stop a potential eviction, is so important, not just for the client but also for the landlord’s family and their income needs.”
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