Hon Andrea Mitchell BPE DipEd MLA

Hon Andrea Mitchell BPE DipEd MLA

Former Minister for Mental Health; Child Protection

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Former Minister for Housing; Racing and Gaming

    Scheme to improve housing for children in care

    6/09/2016 8:05 AM
     
    • Homes for Carers to provide bigger homes for families caring for related children
    • Project offers generous benefits to participating landlords 

    Children in care will be the winners in an innovative new pilot scheme to help families with related children in their care to access larger, more suitable homes.

     

    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 three-year 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 which 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.

     

    Fact File

    • Foundation Housing is one of the largest affordable housing providers in WA
    • Homes for Carers aims to provide 20 houses for family carers, helping up to 100 people into more suitable housing
    • Prospective landlords must have landlords' insurance
    • For more information, visit http://www.foundationhousing.org.au  

    Child Protection Minister's office - 6552 5400

    Housing Minister's office - 6552 6100

     

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