In February 2023, the ACT Government announced the re-establishment of the Rent Relief Fund to provide financial assistance to members of our community experiencing either rental stress or severe financial hardship.
The Fund will provide targeted, short-term support for low-income households in the ACT’s private rental sector who are experiencing rental stress or severe financial hardship.
The Fund will be available to 30 June 2024 and provide grants for up to four weeks rent capped at $2,500.
The Fund is one a range of measures being adopted by the ACT Government to improve housing access, affordability and choice in the ACT. Read more here.
Grants under the Fund will be paid directly to an applicant’s landlord or grantor – alleviating some of the hardship they may currently be experiencing.
Applicants approved under the Fund will also be offered support services where appropriate to help them manage their tenancies over the long term.
Applications to the Fund will open shortly. Details will be announced here.
Where can I go for help?
If you are in rental stress or are in rental arrears and need assistance sustaining your tenancy, Care Financial Counselling Service (Care) may be able to assist you with financial counselling support. To contact Care and speak with a financial counsellor you can call their helpline on 1800 007 007.
Advice for Private Tenants and Occupants
If you require legal advice, you can contact the Legal Aid Tenancy Advice Service on 1300 402 512 or find out more information on their website here.
Advice about Social Housing or Eligibility for Centrelink payments
Contact Canberra Community Law on 02 6218 7977 or find out more information on their website here.