Rent Choice Youth helps young people aged 16 to 24 years find a place to live and access study and job opportunities.
The program supports young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness by paying some of their rent to make it more affordable and to help them continue a private rental tenancy for up to three years.
Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward said the support provided by the program was more than putting a roof over someone’s head.
“Rent Choice Youth provides the opportunity for a young person to turn their life around by supporting them to find a job, enrol in education programs and engage with other support services,” Ms Goward said.
“Reducing youth homelessness is a key priority for the NSW Government and initiatives such as Rent Choice Youth are one piece of the puzzle to help assist those in need.”
Following a successful trial in the Hunter New England in 2012, the program expanded to South East Sydney, Nepean Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Murrumbidgee and Western NSW Districts in 2016.
In 2017-18 the NSW Government will spend $4 million on Rent Choice Youth, which is an initiative of the Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW strategy.