Rent Choice Youth
Do you need help finding and paying for a place to live?
Rent Choice Youth is a program that helps young people aged 16 to 24 years to:
- find a place to live (in a private rental unit, flat or home)
- get approved for a lease
- pay the rent for up to 3 years
- stay in a current rental if it’s affordable and help is needed to pay the rent
You will also be linked with a support worker who will help you make and work towards study or job goals. This will eventually help you to afford the rent on your own.
Who can get Rent Choice Youth?
You can apply if you:
- are aged 16 to 24 years old,
- don’t have your own place to live (you might be sleeping on a couch at a friend’s place, in a shelter or boarding house or at risk of homelessness),
- are an Australian Citizen or Australian permanent resident, and
- are motivated to work or complete study or training to help obtain a job, and
- are willing to engage with a support provider, who will help you engage in training, education and employment
- are on a low income or studying.
Speak to your support provider to see if Rent Choice Youth is right for you.
How does it work?
For the first 12 months, you pay 25% of your weekly income plus 100% of any Commonwealth Rent Assistance you may be entitled to get. Once you have paid your part of the rent, we pay the rest directly to the landlord or real estate agent.
Your support provider will help you reach your work and study goal throughout the program. The aim of the program is for you to gain employment and increase your income so you can afford to rent privately without any assistance. The amount you pay will go up gradually after 12 months, but we’ll chat to you about that closer to the time.
How you pay your rent can include wages, government allowances, benefits and child support payments. Your income can increase and you can still continue to receive Rent Choice Youth.
Rent Choice Youth can only be paid if the rent is affordable. When considering what’s affordable for you, take into account your weekly income plus 100% of any Commonwealth Rent Assistance you may be eligible for.
Commonwealth Rent Assistance is a weekly payment given to suitable people who rent in the private or community housing market. The Department of Social Services has further information on Commonwealth Rent Assistance and how to apply.
Where can I find a support service?
To access Rent Choice Youth you must be case managed by a participating support agency. To contact a support agency in your area, please select from the below locations.
Hunter New England and Central Coast
Western Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains
Northern NSW and Mid North Coast
South Eastern Sydney, Northern Sydney & Sydney Districts
South Western Sydney
Illawarra Shoalhaven and Southern NSW
Murrumbidgee, Far West and Western NSW
What other housing support can I receive?
DCJ provides a range of private rental supports that can help you find and secure a new home. You may also be able to get help with costs to set up your new home, or to pay for education, training or work related needs while receiving Rent Choice Youth.
How do I find out more?
If you would like to apply for Rent Choice Youth, or just want to know more, call your local public housing office or the Housing Contact Centre.