Try these websites for online listings of rental properties. You can even set up an account that will automatically email you houses for rent in the areas you want, in the price range that you can afford.
There are heaps of online Facebook groups that help you connect with potential housemates. Just be careful to practice cyber safety. Search in your town/area in Facebook search directly.
Community and university notice boards are good places to look – especially if you are looking for share accommodation.
Real estate agents
If you know the area you would like to live in, check Google or the Yellow Pages for real estate agents in that area. Contact the agents by phone and introduce yourself. If you represent yourself well (be polite and be clear about what you want) a real estate agent may choose to help you out and let you know if something suitable comes up.
Support for young people transitioning from care.
NSW – The Launch Pad program is a long term subsidised (affordable accommodation) and independent living program with essential life skills training for young people leaving care. They provide all furniture, kitchen equipment and brand new bed linen, towels. This program also provides essential life skills such as financial literary, self care, emotional literacy, cooking and meal prepping skills as well as providing pathways into education and employment.
NT – The Housing for Young People Program (HYPP) provides housing for young people aged 18-25 who are leaving, or who have previously left, out-of-home care. The program helps young people to access appropriate, affordable, safe and secure housing in the private rental market across Greater Darwin, and supports them to develop the skills they need to live independently. Young people accessing the service are required to engage in education or training, community activities, and/or employment while they are a part of the service.
Contact Mission Australia on 8935 0900 or email HYPP@missionaustralia.com.au
VIC – Through Home Stretch you can stay with your kinship or foster carer until you turn 21 years of age. Your carer would need to agree but your carer can get an allowance to help support you.
If you are moving from care to independent living, you can also get an allowance to help you with housing costs like rent and bills. This payment will go to an agency who will work with you to support your living arrangements.
Through Home Stretch you will be eligible for a Better Futures case worker support, information and advice and flexible funding. Find out more here.
Contact the Leaving Care Hotline: 1300 532 846
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