As a local real estate agent in the City of Whittlesea, I am very familiar with the Hope to Home in Whittlesea program run by Hope Street Youth and Family Services. Eight of the properties that I manage are tenanted by young people aged 18-25 years old who are part of the Hope to Home program. My experience of these young tenants has been a positive one and they have been able to successfully sustain their tenancies, keeping rental payments up to date and passing routing rental inspections well. The home owner landlords are pleased with how the tenancies are going.
When provided with the right levels of support, such as that provided by the Hope to Home program, young people can successfully transition from homelessness into private rental accommodation – the program has demonstrated that clearly. Ray White Thomastown is committed to continuing our partnership with Hope Street on the Hope to Home program, and we hope to avail more rental properties to young people via the program in the future.