Private Rental Assistance Program

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The 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 provides practical support (e.g. rental applications).

Financial support 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 housing and homelessness programs within Launch Housing, if needed.

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 trying to move 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 assistance to eligible clients by helping clients search for housing, improve rental applications and help with the first month’s rent in advance.

How you can access this service

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 assistance 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