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Private rental assistance

We can offer financial assistance to pay your rent.

The Private Rental Assistance Program (PRAP) is a program which provides financial assistance and support for a range of costs associated with securing or maintaining a private rental.

It can look like: 

Support 

  • One-on-one support to complete rental applications, advocacy with property managers and information on how to search for private rentals 
  • Life skills training including financial management and budgeting 

Financial assistance 

  • Rent in advance 
  • Rental arrears 
  • Rental subsidies 
  • Residential Bonds (where the Bond Loan Scheme is not available) 

Costs associated with moving 

  • Storage costs 
  • Removalists 
  • Housing establishment costs including utility connection fees, furniture, and white goods 
  • Minor property modifications 

 

Eligibility 

  • Over 18 years old 
  • Currently homelessness or at risk of experiencing homelessness 
  • Residing in or has existing links in the three main areas we operate – Bendigo, Mildura, North-West Melbourne 
  • Receiving a stable income (including wages, Centrelink income support, or self-employed) 
  • Committed to residing in private rental as a long-term housing option 
  • Prepared adhere to the Residential Tenancies Act (1997) 

We also offer PRAP Plus across the Mallee. This program provides additional practical support in accessing, establishing and maintaining private rental via tenant advocacy and building relationships with local real estate agents.

How do I access PRAP?

See the Accessing Our Services page for further information

We do not offer PRAP from these locations, but we can link you with other service providers who can 

How we can help you

To access our services, you’ll need to visit one of our offices so we can conduct an assessment

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