Transitional Housing is a supported short-term accommodation program. It acts as a stepping stone to more permanent housing in public housing, community housing or the private rental market.
People moving into transitional housing have often been victims of a change in circumstance. For example, a lost job has meant the rent can’t be paid, a marriage break-up leaves one partner with no money or support, or a person may lose the support of – or can no longer live with – other family members.
Individuals are provided with a housing support program that offers advice and planning in the areas where assistance is needed. A key element of transitional housing is that it’s a temporary option, and tenants must be actively working with their support provider to apply for long-term housing (for example, public housing or private rental).
All tenants in THM properties generally qualify for Homeless with Support housing, a priority category for vacancies in social housing.
There are 12 THM providers around Victoria managing 19 THM programs. There are a total of 3,552 properties within the program, with a potential for 3,811 tenancies at capacity as at July 2017.