Further support for vulnerable youth at risk of homelessness

9 Aug 2017

Young people at risk of homelessness in Western Sydney, South Western Sydney and Southern NSW will have increased access to support services under an innovative rental assistance program designed to support young people into housing.

Rent Choice Youth is designed to break the cycle of disadvantage often experienced by young people by helping them to find accommodation, access educational and employment opportunities and sustain private rental tenancy.

Following a successful trial in the Hunter New England in 2012, Rent Choice Youth was expanded to South East Sydney, Nepean Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Murrumbidgee and Western NSW Districts in 2016.

Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward said the subsidy provides support beyond putting a roof over someone’s head.

“Rent Choice Youth provides the opportunity for a young person to turn their life around by supporting them to find a job, enrol in education programs and engage with other support services,” Ms Goward said.

“Reducing youth homelessness is a key priority for the NSW Government and initiatives such as Rent Choice Youth are one piece of the puzzle to help assist those in need.

“The expansion of the subsidy into Western Sydney, South Western Sydney and Southern NSW will provide young people who are doing it tough and are at risk of living on the street with an opportunity to achieve both housing and economic independence.”

The NSW Government will spend $4 million in 2017/18 on Rent Choice Youth, which is an initiative of the Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW strategy.

For more information visit: http://www.housingpathways.nsw.gov.au/additional-information/fact-sheets/youth-private-rental-subsidy