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Supported housing

What is supported housing?

Evolve Housing is committed to participate effectively in the early intervention and prevention of homelessness. Evolve Housing recognises that housing alone is not enough to solve homelessness or achieve a successful tenancy; affordable housing must be matched with appropriate client-focused support.

Supported housing is a three-way partnership between Evolve Housing, support providers and the clients of the support providers. Evolve Housing offers the housing for the clients on a short-term to medium-term basis while the agency working with their client provides for their support needs.

Target groups

  • Young people
  • Aboriginal people
  • Elderly people who require support to live independently
  • People with mental illness
  • Women and children
  • Victims of domestic or family violence
  • People leaving correctional facilities
  • Refugees and migrants
  • People with disability - physical or intellectual

How does it work?

Evolve Housing  has formal written agreements with all its partners who provide support to their clients. The support providers choose who they want placed in the allocated house.  All potential tenants must fit the support provider’s eligibility criteria, Evolve Housing's target group, and have an active application on Housing Pathways. Applicants must also meet Housing Pathways income eligibility limits.

Tenancies are all fixed-term leases for an initial 3-6 month period and then either the tenant exits Evolve Housing or a further fixed-term lease with Evolve Housing is negotiated.

Housing need:

Applicants must be in housing need and unable to resolve this need in the short to medium-term without assistance from an Evolve Housing Support Partner.

Factors demonstrating housing need may include:

  • People who are chronically homeless (being homeless for longer than six months or experiencing repeated episodes of homelessness in a two-year period)
  • People in urgent need of housing and have barriers in accessing or maintaining private rent options
  • Not in urgent need but other housing options are not suitable or accessible as a short-term option

Income eligibility

Applicants must meet the Housing Pathways income eligibility limits found on the Housing Pathways website:  www.housingpathways.nsw.gov.au

General criteria

Supported housing applicants must:

  • Be a citizen or have permanent residency in Australia
  • Be a resident in NSW
  • Establish their identity
  • Be able to sustain a successful tenancy with support
  • In general be 18 years of age or older
  • Applicants should not have assets or property which could reasonably be expected to solve the housing
  • Must have an active application on Housing Pathways (T file number must be provided)

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