FUNDING HELPS PUBLIC HOUSING TENANT JOB SEEKERS

The Andrews Labor Government is helping public housing tenants to become employment ready, with a further $120,000 to keep the Hope for the Future program running for another 12 months.

Representing the Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing, Martin Foley the Member for Richmond, Richard Wynne visited the Atherton Gardens Estate today where Hope for the Future is primarily located.

The Hope for the Future program provides individual case management to address the barriers to employment that some public housing tenants face, such as a lack of job search skills or recent work experience, social isolation and language and literacy issues.

The program works collaboratively with clients to build their confidence and set goals, as well as finding ways to achieve those goals by removing fear and self-doubt.

Hope for the Future has been operating since 2009 starting in the Fitzroy Atherton Gardens public housing estate, before expanding in 2018 to the Richmond and Collingwood public housing estates.

The Andrews Government has invested a total $467,000 in Hope for the Future over five years, including $120,000 in the 2018-19 Budget.

Quotes attributable to the Member for Richmond Richard Wynne

“As a former Minister for Housing I know the strength and resilience of our public housing tenants, but there are those that need a leg up. Hope for the Future is making a difference, helping them overcome barriers and transform their lives.”

Quotes attributable to the Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing, Martin Foley

“Every Victorian should have access to secure work no matter their circumstances. Hope for the Future is helping public housing tenants get the skills and confidence they need to make a better life for themselves and their loved ones.”

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