Vinnies WA has welcomed the State Government’s announcement of a $24.4 million WA Rental Relief Grant program to help Western Australians at risk of homelessness, as they struggle to afford the soaring rent prices across the state.
The program was announced on Wednesday at Vinnies head office in Canning Vale by Premier Roger Cook, Commerce Minister Sue Ellery and Housing Minister John Carey.
It is expected that up to 4,500 households will be assisted by the WA Rental Relief program to be co-designed and delivered by Vinnies WA, Anglicare WA and partner agencies.
Vinnies CEO Susan Rooney, who has been at the forefront of advocating for a rent relief program alongside other organisations, said the announcement was welcome news for vulnerable West Australians.
“Across the board, through our Emergency Assistance and Support program and our Financial Counselling services, we are seeing an increase in demand for our services, including 350 calls a day for emergency assistance from across WA,” she said.
“The Rent Relief program is an important addition to the measures we have to address cost-of-living pressures for West Australian families.”
It is anticipated the program will start in the coming months and run until June 2025.
To find out more about the program, please visit https://www.wa.gov.au/service/community-services/grants-and-subsidies/wa-rent-relief-program