$1.5 Million boost for regional homeless

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L-R: Gary Steadman (Cobaw Community Health), Margaret Augerinos (Centre for Non-Violence), Ken Marchingo (Haven), Minister Wendy Lovell, Julie U'ren (Tenant Advocacy Support), Robyn Traynor (Centre for Non-Violence), David Pugh (St Luke's)

On the 13th of April, the Minister for Housing, Wendy Lovell, announced the funding of a $1.5 million project to assist people in private rental in the Loddon Campaspe region.

The project is one of eight government funded pilot projects aimed at preventing homelessness through early identification and intervention. The model is a partnership between local agencies: the Advocacy and Rights Centre (Tenant Advocacy Support’s parent organisation), St Luke’s Anglicare, Cobaw Community Health, Haven and the Centre for Non Violence.The project will operate for 12 months to deliver improved and streamlined referral and support, case management, education and counselling. The project will improve the housing and other social, educational and health outcomes of families, including vulnerable women and children and young parents, young people aged 15-24 and single adults aged 55+ with inadequate income and/or with significant health issues.

Early identification of people at risk in private rental will also occur through working closely with real estate agents in the three catchment areas, Bendigo, Kyneton and Echuca.

The Advocacy and Rights Centre (our parent organisation) is excited to be part of such an innovative model that allows us to offer a holistic level of support to private rental tenants that will build on people’s skills and assist them to stay in private rental. It also provides an opportunity for ARC to work together with local agencies to make a difference to those who are most at risk of homelessness.

Image: courtesy Bill Conroy

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