Finding a rental property can be tough. But imagine you’re a single mum who’s been in an abusive relationship and doesn’t have a job – how much harder would it be?
The state government provides rental support for survivors – but that money is useless if landlords won’t accept them as tenants. So Louise is working on a program that aims to tackle the problem by partnering with real estate agencies.
In part, the program presents property managers with survivors who would be a reasonable fit for the vacancies they’re trying to fill. It also educates property managers about the realities of taking in a survivor, so they in turn can educate their landlord clients.
For example, the landlord gets guaranteed rent, because it’s paid by the government rather than the tenant.
Louise joined the not-for-profit sector in 2019, after two decades in the corporate world. Despite the significant pay cut, Louise says she’s never had a more satisfying job, because she gets to do work that makes a difference.