KARI Foundation is a provider of the Department of Community and Justice (DCJ) program “Rent Choice Youth Subsidy”. The program provides time limited (3 years) private rental assistance as well as integrated case management support to help reduce homelessness among young people across NSW.

The program helps young people aged 16 to 24 years to:

Find a place to live (in a private rental unit, flat or home)

Get approved for a lease

Pay the rent for up to three years

Stay in a current rental if it’s affordable and help is needed to pay the rent

The program also supports you to find study and job opportunities that will help you to eventually afford the rent on your own.

The aim of the program is to provide a pathway, so that by the end of the subsidy period you have the capacity to live independently in a private rental property and pay full market rent.

Our team are able to offer assistance with the initial application which is sent to a nominations board for approval. Once the application has been approved, a member of our team will assist each young person with the following:

Looking for private rentals and advocating on behalf of the young person with Real Estate Agents

Providing support letters

Attending rental inspections with the young person

Bond loan applications

Facilitating the “Rent it Keep it” program

The team work hard in providing young people with sufficient ways to gain independence and ensure they are on the right track to becoming successful young adults.