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Sustaining Tenancies- Practical solutions to tenant debt

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Gilbert + Tobin

200 Barangaroo Avenue

#Tower 2

Sydney, NSW 2000

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Join Homelessness NSW, Bridge Housing and the NSW Federation of Housing Associations at an upcoming event focusing on community housing providers response to tenant debt.

Coinciding with national homelessness week, the forum is being held in the background of recent innovations in responses to social housing debt.

In 2016, Homelessness NSW released Debt Set Unfair which examined the operation of the social housing debt system and its impact on people experiencing homelessness. The report found that many people experiencing homelessness were unable to re-enter the social housing system due to debt, with many choosing to exit completely from the housing system. The report also recommended the expansion of the operation of the Work and Development Scheme to former tenants with unresolved debts.

Early in 2016, Bridge Housing implemented unique program, Hand Up to enable tenants facing eviction for significant unpaid rent and non-rent arrears to save their tenancy and get their lives back on track. The Hand Up program involves Bridge Housing offering tenants alternative, non-monetary ways of “repaying” their rental arrears, including by enrolling in study, volunteering in the community, or undertaking treatment to address their underlying issues.

The forum will commence at 8am with a light breakfast, tea and coffee provided to participants. It will then feature presentations from:

  • Chris Hartley, Senior Project Officer at Homelessness NSW and author of Debt Set Unfair
  • Dr Reece Plunkett Manager, Service Innovation, Bridge Housing
  • Deborah Georgiou, Head of Policy & Communication, NSW Federation of Housing Associations Inc.

Following the presentation, the panellists will be joined by Monique Hitter, Director, Civil Law at Legal Aid for a QandA forum exploring best practice responses to tenant debt and financial inclusion

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