Same House, Different Landlord
Pauline* and her three children were struggling to leave a violent family situation. She was behind in her rental payments, and while she had moved, the perpetrator had found her. Pauline turned to the St Vincent de Paul Society for assistance.
Last year, the department signed one year leases over four houses with the St Vincent de Paul Society, through the Industry Housing Scheme, to deliver the Same House, Different Landlord program. This initiative sees the department join forces with non-government agencies to provide supported accommodation for vulnerable women and their children, and assist them to live independently.
As part of this initiative, the St Vincent de Paul Society identifies a suitable tenant, and upon acquiring the skills to independently maintain their tenancy, the tenant and the property are transferred back to the department as public housing. This means no interruption to the life of the tenant as they can continue residing in the same home.
Twelve months on, Pauline has successfully completed this program, and is living independently in public housing. Through the St Vincent de Paul Society, and with assistance from a range of support organisations such as Anglicare NT, YWCA Darwin and Somerville Community Services, Pauline has been up to date with her rent and has learnt to maintain her home. Her children have been attending school regularly, and have a safe and caring home environment.
The department continues to support community organisations through the Industry Housing Assistance Scheme to reduce homelessness and nurture more Territorians to be tenancy-ready and progress through the housing continuum.
To find out more, visit dhcd.nt.gov.au.
*Not her real name