Private Rental Programs

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Description of Programs

The Private Rental Brokerage Program – Northern (PRBP) provides access to affordable rental housing for people living in the northern suburbs, who may otherwise be living in rooming houses.

The program aims to:

  • Reduce the number of people currently relying on low-standard, unregistered private rooming house accommodation;
  • Target people currently living in rooming houses, or those at risk of requiring rooming house accommodation in the future; and
  • Develop a range of initiatives that support these people to transition to secure long-term, sustainable private rental.

The program provides support to clients to secure or maintain a private rental tenancy as an alternative to rooming house accommodation. Assistance for clients is available in a number of forms including advice, advocacy, outreach support and brokerage. Limited brokerage assistance is available for rent and/or bond, removalist’s costs and, in some cases, rental arrears.

The Homelessness Prevention Private Rental Support Program is a privately-funded program at Launch Housing Cheltenham. The program delivers practical support to individuals and families to help them maintain or establish private rental tenancies during a time of crisis.

Financial support is provided to households on a sliding scale, with the program covering 50% of the rental payment in the first month, 37% in the second month and 17% in the third month. On occasion, the payment structure is tailored to meet the household’s immediate needs.

The program also provides flexible case management support. This can include liaising with real estate agents, providing information about tenancy rights and responsibilities, assisting with budgeting, and making other necessary referrals.

Another program provides subsidised rental accommodation and case management support to individuals, couples and families seeking to enter the private rental market after a period of homelessness. Rent is charged at two-thirds of the market rate for the property.

This program operates through philanthropically-donated properties via two donors, and provides subsidised rent and support to tenants.

It aims to provide medium-term, stable housing to enable clients to work toward goals such as education, training, employment, improved health and family reunification and, ultimately, long-term housing.

Clients may remain in their property for up to 6 months. Launch Housing manages these tenancies through the Cheltenham Tenancy team.

Eligibility Criteria

People experiencing or at risk of homelessness from a range of areas across Melbourne. Eligibility may vary depending on the program.

Client Type

  • Families
  • Singles and couples
  • Young People (15-25)
  • Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander
  • Women


  • North East and North Western Melbourne
  • City of Bayside and City of Dandenong

Referral/Application Process

Referrals are through Homelessness Entry Points at Launch Housing Collingwood, Haven Home Safe Preston and Vincentcare Glenroy.

For the Ridge and Frank Program, vacancies are advertised to Launch Housing Dandenong case management team. Referral is by Initial Assessment and Planning (IAP) to ensure consistency with other programs. Applications are assessed for suitability and priority using the standard prioritisation tool by the Team Leader at Dandenong.

Contact Details

Homelessness Entry Points
1800 825 955

Other Relevant Programs

Details of other programs (Launch Housing or external) that may be relevant for a client who is not eligible for this program.