Multicultural Housing Services Program

Objectives

The program has been established to help migrant families and individuals to:

  • Maintain their tenancies;
  • Develop links to community  resources and other services;
  • Increase their knowledge and skills to maintain stable accommodation;
  • Increase their knowledge and understanding of services available  to migrants.

The program also seeks to support and educate service providers and the real
estate industry to increase their knowledge of the particular issues for migrants and the services available to assist them.

The program provides advocacy and support services to:
  • Migrant families and individuals in private rental accommodation who are identified as being at risk of eviction who have difficulty maintaining their tenancy;
  • Migrant families and individuals who have been homeless and require ongoing support to maintain their new accommodation and avoid further episodes of homelessness.
Some of the services we provide:
  • Filling out rental application;
  • Help with acquiring bond assistance;
  • Help with understanding and negotiating lease agreements;
  • Assistance with property maintenance and help in preparing for house inspections;
  • Advocacy and negotiations with landlords and/or real estate agents; and
  • Counseling and referrals to a range of other services including mental health services, particularly for those suffering post-traumatic stress.

The program also seeks to support and educate service providers and the real estate industry to increase their knowledge of particular issues for migrants and the services available to assist them.