Private Rental Support

Launch Housing’s Private Rental Assistance Program (PRAP) provides people at risk of, or experiencing homelessness with financial and practical assistance to establish and maintain private rental tenancies.

It helps people to find or keep a home by assisting them with information about the rental market, the housing search process, and offers practical support (e.g. rental applications).

Financial assistance is offered to eligible clients to help cover the cost of rent in advance and other tenancy establishment costs or rent arrears. PRAP team members can also give clients access to information and support from other specialist services within Launch Housing.

Rental Arrears

Available to clients who have fallen behind in rent and are living in private rental accommodation. If eligible, they can receive a one-off payment.


Rent in Advance

For people at risk of, or experiencing homelessness who need to get into private rental, financial assistance is provided by paying the first month’s rent in advance. This only applies to individuals who meet our client eligibility requirements.

PRAP team members can provide advice and rental assistance to eligible clients by helping them search for housing, improve rental applications and assist with the first month’s rent in advance.

Access Private Rental Assistance

If you are experiencing difficulty paying your rent, please contact the Private Rental Assistance Program on 03 9556 5775.

To be eligible for Launch Housing’s private rental supports you must reside in one of the following Local Government Areas:

  • Cities of Greater Dandenong, Casey and Cardinia Shire
  • Cities of Port Philip, Stonnington, Glen Eira, Bayside, Kingston, Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula
  • City of Yarra, Darebin, Banyule, Nillumbik and Whittlesea