More than 200 low-income households in Western Australia have moved into private rental homes following a trial of a State Government initiative.
The Assisted Rental Pathways Pilot (ARPP) provides eligible social housing applicants and tenants with tailored assistance and a discount on their private rental property for up to four years to help them improve their circumstances.
The pilot – a partnership with private landlords as well as the community sector – offers a new option for Western Australians in need of affordable housing.
The Department of Communities is delivering the program in partnership with Centrecare, Multi-Cultural Services WA, Outcare and the Salvation Army. The program recently passed its initial target of helping more than 200 waitlist applicants and social housing tenants by June 30, 2017.
Today, more than 200 applicants and their families have a place to call home in private rentals, including in Perth, Albany and Bunbury.
The initiative benefits landlords and not-for-profit community service organisations, as well as those in need of affordable housing.
Participants are carefully assessed and must have a good previous rental history, minimal debt and the desire to improve their circumstances in order to be eligible.
Landlords who agree to participate are guaranteed rent for the duration of a residential tenancy agreement. The total budget for the ARPP is $14 million, including $6 million for support services.
Housing Minister Peter Tinley said “The McGowan Government is working hard, in partnership with the community and private sectors, to offer a range of affordable housing options.
“This initiative addresses people’s needs, capability and aspirations, rather than simply providing social housing for life. Many people do not need or desire this option – they just want a bit of help to get back on their feet.
“Participants are offered tailored support to help their progress to independence in the private rental market. This may include connecting with employment and training services, developing financial skills and broadening support networks.
“The program is about helping people so that they can help themselves. It is a win-win situation for all involved.”