Cafs specialises in the prevention of homelessness. We deliver a range of housing and tenancy support programs for people in our community, including specialised services for young people and Indigenous Australians.
Homelessness can happen to anyone. The best way to beat homelessness is to prevent it before it takes hold. There are always options. Let us help you find a path that’s right for you.
Talk to us so we can help you find a solution for your immediate problem. Cafs offers programs to assist with those who are at risk of, or are experiencing homelessness. Maybe you’re running short of funds this month and can’t afford food plus rent. There may be ways that Cafs can support you so you can pay your rent.
Perhaps you need help pulling a rental bond together. We can put you in touch with the right organisation to assist you. Or maybe you need emergency housing, of which Cafs offers assistance for those in the Hepburn and Moorabool regions. Whatever it might be, we’ll find a way to support you.
Our support is not just about solving your housing problem. When we connect with you, we look for ways we can support you in the long term.
Our programs are personalised for your individual needs. We aim to help people and families through tough times.
When you’re renting, a notice to vacate the premises can seem like the worst-case scenario. But it doesn’t have to be. There are always options available to you. Our Tenancy Support program provides advocacy and advice for people in private residential tenancy agreements, including rooming house residents and caravan parks.
Our team has extensive training with Tenants Victoria. They can help you understand your rights and responsibilities as a tenant. We will act as your advocate in disputes with your rental provider.
Our Tenancy Plus program supports people in public or community housing. An eviction notice doesn’t mean you have no options.
If your tenancy is at risk, we will work with you to develop a support plan. We will act as your advocate and make every effort to keep you in your home.
This program provides case managed tenancy advocacy and support to Aboriginal renters and residents in public housing, Aboriginal housing Victoria, and community housing.
Renters can receive support to establish a new tenancy or for a tenancy that is at risk.
Cafs offers an entry point in Moorabool and Hepburn that provides assessment and planning to people who are experiencing housing concerns, as well as supports transitional accommodation where available.
Please note, Ballarat’s access point is located at Uniting Ballarat.
Creating Connections is our housing initiative for young people living in the Hepburn and Moorabool regions. We work together with other organisations to help young people create strong connections in the community. We focus on supporting them with life skills and helping them become independent and get established.
We assist young people to maintain their existing housing or find suitable accommodation. We advocate on housing applications. And we help them navigate some of the logistics of adult life, like obtaining a learner’s permit and driver’s licence, so they are set up for a positive start to independent life.
Cafs offers specialist support to those single men with children, as well as young people aged 16-25 years.
Referrals for these services are received via the homelessness access point.
To access these specialist services, please visit your local homelessness access point and talk to the friendly team about your needs.