ANDERSON ANNOUNCES MORE HOUSING, EDUCATION, TRAINING AND JOBS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has today announced a new rental subsidy for vulnerable local teenagers who are at risk of homelessness have a new way to access affordable housing with links to education, training and jobs.
The announcement of the Youth Private Rental Subsidy (YPRS) comes at the start of Homelessness Prevention Week, and is part of the NSW Government’s ongoing commitment to reduce homelessness.
Mr Anderson said under the program young people aged 16-24 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness are provided with a support worker and are required to engage in education, training and job seeking activities to be eligible for the subsidy.
“Most young people have the support of families as they transition to adulthood however this is not always the case.
“Safe and secure housing means that these young people who are at risk of homelessness can instead set a different course in life.
“Young people are facing a serious problem in NSW: they have the highest rate of homelessness; this program offers a new way for young people to access the private rental market.
“Through this program young people will pay rent at 25 per cent of their income, with the NSW Government subsidising their remaining rent.
“The program also offers connections to further education and work opportunities, and we know this works: an evaluation of the program in 2014 showed that approximately 70 per cent of young people engaged in either education or training.”
Funding is available for a minimum of 50 young people to be assisted by the YPRS in the Hunter New England District over the next 12 months.
The subsidy also operates in Penrith, Orange, Bathurst, Central Coast, Newcastle and Wagga Wagga.
Young people looking for further information on this project, should talk to their support worker or contact their local FACS Housing office.