• Tristan Angelini

Tenants with Mentor Support: What is it all about?


Homelessness is a big issue not just in Australia but on a worldwide scale. That is just very unfortunate and steps must be taken to at least make some changes. We have previously talked about the different programs to try to help rough sleepers and solve this crisis in Melbourne. We mentioned about the Newstart allowance, tiny houses, rooming houses, and duty-to-assist laws that the government is planning to start. These programs aim to get people off the streets and start anew. But looks like there’s one that we left out called tenants with mentor support.


The tenant with mentor support program is being hailed as an effective way to support homeless people to get back on their feet. According to reports, a welfare organization in South Australia Riverland called the ac.care and it is an organization that executes a few programs to help homeless country people.


Here are some of their programs.


Crisis Accommodation

The crisis accommodation is a short-term program that aims to help homeless people have a place to stay for a short period of time. Not only that, this program provides support to explore other options leading to longer accommodation.


River to Home

The ac.care has homelessness service to aid rough sleepers. They started the trial program called the River to Home that is supposed to help rough sleepers as they transition into living on a rental property or a rooming house. The idea behind the River to Home program is to have someone to guide a previously homeless person or what they call a mentor who will help them avoid the possibility of going back to being a rough sleeper. One of the most important things this program offers is teaching the tenants to learn life skills that would be useful for them as they transition into independence, such as doing chores and following a routine. These skills would also help them land a job that will make a huge difference in their lives.


Specialist Homelessness Service

This service is meant to help those the homeless to get back on their feet and become completely independent. There’s a process that the program follows such as working with other organizations or institutions in assessing, planning, and facilitating all that is needed for the tenant to meet their needs.


The ac.care is not the only program that aids formerly homeless people to reach the maximum degree of self-reliance. Other agencies provide the same services, but the support for this is not that strong. For instance, rooming houses such as Xotel, provides short-term accommodation for homeless people struggling from the effects of housing unaffordability or wage stagnation. Xotel sees to it that support Australians for the next phase of their lives. Many Australians are either saving for a deposit to buy a home, transitioning to interim housing, or are simply single and wish to live within their means.


Short-term accommodation services such as Xotel is something that we believe could potentially end the homelessness crisis. It would be great for more programs like this to continue and expand.

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