Pi­lot hous­ing scheme


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

A PI­LOT scheme to help fam­i­lies with re­lated chil­dren in their care to ac­cess larger, more suit­able homes is be­ing tri­alled in River­vale and sur­round­ing ar­eas.

The Homes for Car­ers ini­tia­tive of­fers in­cen­tives to prop­erty own­ers and matches pri­vate land­lords to el­i­gi­ble ten­ants with the aim of giv­ing fam­ily car­ers ac­cess to bet­ter hous­ing op­tions in their area.

The De­part­ment for Child Pro­tec­tion and Fam­ily Sup­port, the Hous­ing Au­thor­ity and Foun­da­tion Hous­ing have joined forces to fund the three­year project.

Child Pro­tec­tion Min­is­ter An­drea Mitchell said the scheme would im­prove out­comes for chil­dren who were in care with fam­ily they were either di­rectly re­lated to or with whom they had a com­mu­nity or cul­tural con­nec­tion.

“There are many fam­ily car­ers who want to pro­vide a lov­ing home on either an in­terim or long-term ba­sis for ad­di­tional chil­dren but don’t have the room in their house,” Ms Mitchell said.

Hous­ing Min­is­ter Bren­don Grylls be­lieved the project would be a win-win for all in­volved.

“Fam­ily car­ers will have ac­cess to bet­ter hous­ing op­tions in their area, there will be less pres­sure on pub­lic hous­ing stock and pri­vate land­lords will ben­e­fit from three-year leases with no va­cancy pe­ri­ods and re­duced prop­erty main­te­nance costs,” Mr Grylls said.

The scheme is ini­tially sourc­ing prop­er­ties in River­vale and sur­round­ing ar­eas and is seek­ing pri­vate land­lords will­ing to rent their prop­erty for 80 per cent of the mar­ket rent to Foun­da­tion Hous­ing.

In re­turn, land­lords will get a guar­an­teed ten­ant for three years, no man­age­ment fees, re­duced prop­erty main­te­nance costs and a proven ten­ant with a good Hous­ing Au­thor­ity track record.

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