Housing Establishment Fund (Vic only)

The Housing Establishment Fund (HEF) is for case managed clients only and aims to address and prevent homelessness by providing financial assistance to households that are at risk of homelessness or imminent housing crisis. HEF provides assistance to low income, disadvantaged single people and families who are:

- homeless and do not have the financial capacity to access emergency accommodation, where no other options exists,
- at risk of homelessness due to arrears, where the provision of financial assistance would address the issue and avert eviction,
- attempting to access the private rental market and as a consequence are experiencing some financial hardship.

Eligibility for assistance is assessed on Public Housing income and assets criteria. Whilst generally it is expected that clients will be in receipt of a Centrelink benefit, there are occasions when funds can be used on a discretionary basis.