MY PLACE PROGRAM

In 2017 CAAH was funded through the Department of Housing and Community Development’s Homelessness Innovation Fund to establish and implement the My Place Program. The Program aims to prevent homelessness by improving peoples access to housing in the private rental market through providing subsided transitional housing, tenancy education and coordinated support.

The My Place Program focuses on helping people that are escaping domestic and family violence and/or people who are suffering mental health issues. The Program includes two key elements:

Rent Subsidy Program

Under this part of the Program, CAAH headleases 15 properties from the private rental market and then sub-leases them to 15 participants for a period of 12-18 months. During this time, the My Place Mentor will work with participants to build their knowledge and understanding of managing a tenancy and also link the participant with support, where needed. The aim of this Program is for participants to hold a direct lease with the landlord after the 12-18 month period.

Private Rental Liaison Program

Under this part of the Program, CAAH supports participants who have the financial means and capacity to enter the private rental market directly. CAAH acts as broker in this arrangement by helping the participants establish a rental budget, searching for affordable properties in the private rental market and then cooridinating inspections and lease signings.

CAAH works with a wide range of partners to deliver the program including the Alice Springs Womens Shelter, the Mental Health Association of Central Australia and many local real estate agents and support services.

Partnerships

CAAH works with a wide range of partners to deliver the program including the Alice Springs Womens Shelter, the Mental Health Association of Central Australia and many local real estate agents and support services.