Support for veterans at risk of homelessness
As we move further into winter, cold nights on the street become harder to bear for those without a place to call home. For veterans experiencing homelessness or at risk of it, support is available. RSL LifeCare offers a range of services that can help veterans get off the streets and work towards maintaining a roof over their heads.
Mark, a veteran of the Army, was referred to RSL LifeCare’s program, RSL DefenceCare, for support when he was given a 90-day termination notice for his rental property.
At risk of homelessness and uncertain about what to do next, Mark’s DVA advocate advised him to contact RSL DefenceCare. Our Housing Project Officer worked with Mark to complete a housing application using the Department of Community & Justice’s (DCJ) Rent Choice Veterans’ program (RCV). The program provides subsidised rental opportunities for veterans of the Australian Defence Force who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of it.
In addition to helping Mark submit a successful RCV application, RSL DefenceCare also provided financial assistance to help him afford initial repayments and later access an online course with Open Colleges.
Following a successful 3-year period in the RCV program, Mark is now transitioning to the private rental market with a positive rental history, the life skills to maintain his accommodation, and an opportunity for new employment pathways thanks to his study.
When asked what this meant to him, Mark said, ‘The support meant that I am no longer struggling, not only financially, but mentally too. Since working with the RSL DefenceCare team, I feel more positive and am continuing my studies to see what happens. Also, I know that if I require any help in the future, help is only a phone call away.’
RSL LifeCare provides a range of services to veterans and their families, including:
- DVA claims and advocacy expertise
- Holistic wellbeing assessment and support
- Homelessness assistance
- Employment assistance
- Equine therapy
If you or someone you know needs help, reach out to our team:
- Phone: 02 8088 0388
- Email: info [at] rsllifecare.org.au
- Web: rsllifecare.org.au/defencecare