Emergency Grant and Financial Advocacy Program
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12 people have been directly assisted to avoid losing their tenancy because of this program, with support from PACT these families will be able to get back on track with their finances and become self sufficient again, saving the community the burden of more homelessness.
“ An Aboriginal tenant who is a single parent of 5 children fell behind in rent (rental arrears in excess of $4,000) due to reduction in part-time working hours. The tenant also felt responsible for caring for other family members that were struggling financially. The tenant was facing eviction and had been taken to VCAT, the tenant eventually sought assistance through the Pact tenancy programs as financially and emotionally she was exhausted trying to hold it all together. The tenant had a number of utility accounts which was also impacting on finances. With the support of a tenancy worker a payment plan was implemented and negotiations around the tenancy were implemented, negotiations with utility providers were put in place with affordable payment plans. The tenant was happy to be linked in to financial literacy workshops. The tenant has gained new employment and feeling a lot more confident.
A single parent was taken to VCAT for arrears of $6000.00 (plus) after negotiation with the VCAT duty worker and assistance from the United Way funds, the tenancy was saved and a payment plan for the balance of the arrears was put in place. The tenant was happy to continue to work with the tenancy worker until she got on top of her debts.”
Advocating on behalf of tenants experiencing financial hardship to assist them establish or maintain tenancies that are at risk, as well as enhancing the skills of those same people in the budgeting and management of their finances.
An essential for everyone, secure housing is the stabilising key to maintaining well-being and income. Without it families can spiral into the illness and social disconnection that occur with homelessness.
PACT provide assistance for people who are in financial crisis and at risk of eviction. Provision of emergency funds and/or advocacy with the landlord is offered; helping people to stay in the housing they have at the moment is much simpler than finding alternative housing should they be evicted.
Beyond the immediate financial assistance, clients are provided with practical education in the management of a budget and rental obligations and are empowered to negotiate solutions with landlords and creditors in the future.
The aim of this program is to keep families in stable accommodation where they can remain a part of a familiar community, children can remain in their school and their social and support networks can be maintained and built upon.The funding we provide for this program is generated from Workplace Giving programs.
This organisation has received funding from United Way Ballarat for the following years:
1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015