Housing & Homelessness Services

Bungree Housing & Homelessness Services team offers a range of support services including:

  • Housing Pathways – an application system designed to make applying for housing assistance easier, simpler and fairer.
  • Specialist Homelessness Services – providing support to Aboriginal people with high and complex needs who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
  • Together Home Program – supporting people who are currently, or who have a history of street sleeping.
  • Rent Choice Youth Program – helping young people aged 16 to 24 years to find a place to live and pay rent.

As one of the largest Aboriginal providers of housing on the Central Coast, Bungree has been providing social and affordable housing since 1995 as a registered Aboriginal Community Housing Provider with NSW Aboriginal Housing Office.

Since 2015, Bungree has been registered Community Housing Provider under the National Regulatory System – Community Housing as a Tier 3 provider.

Our mission is to provide secure and affordable housing to the Aboriginal community on the Central Coast. We also support youth and families who reside on the Central Coast or are in transit and are homeless or at risk of being homeless in accessing services such as crisis accommodation, health or advocacy services.

Bungree owns and property manages for the NSW Aboriginal Housing Office in the Central Coast, Newcastle and Karuah regions.

Bungree Portfolio – Bungree property manages housing for its own properties and other government sectors, both on the Central Coast, Newcastle and Upper Hunter areas.

Karuah Portfolio – Bungree property manages all properties for Karuah Local Aboriginal Lands Council

View our Housing Services 2019-2022 Strategic Plan here.
View our Homelessness Services 2019-2022 Strategic Plan here.

Housing Pathways

Housing Pathways is a new housing application system designed to make applying for housing assistance easier, simpler and fairer.

Applicants fill out a single form to apply for properties managed by Housing NSW or participating community housing providers. Applicants can choose either public or community housing, but will maximise their opportunities for a housing offer if they register interest in both public and community housing.

A single state-wide waiting list, the NSW Housing Register, has also been created under the Pathways initiative. It combines the waiting lists of Housing NSW and participating community housing providers. All new applications are logged on the NSW Housing Register.

Together Home Program

A contracted provider for Pacific Link Housing, Bungree Aboriginal Association delivers case management for participants of the Together Home Program on the Central Coast. The program aims to support people who are currently street sleeping, or who have a history of street sleeping.

Bungree supports the participant to sustain their tenancy, and works in partnership with the community, primary health care providers including General Practitioners (GPs), community health services and other local organisations, to provide high quality, person-centred, equitable and accessible support for people in the program.

Rent Choice Youth Program

Bungree is a provider under the Rent Choice Youth Program which helps young people aged 16 to 24 years to:

  • find a place to live
  • get approved for a lease
  • pay rent for up to three years
  • stay in a current rental if it’s affordable and help is needed to pay the rent

Under the Rent Choice Youth program, young people are also linked with a Bungree support worker who will help you work towards study or employment goals. The program is available to people who:

  • are aged 16 to 24 years old
  • don’t have their own place to live (e.g. you’re sleeping at a friend’s place, a shelter, boarding house or are at risk of homelessness)
  • are an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • are motivated to work or complete study to help obtain a job
  • are willing to work with a support provider and engage in training, education and employment
  • are on a low income or studying.

How does the Rent Choice Youth Program work?

As your support provider, Bungree will help participants register for the program. Once participants are registered and approved for the program:

  • for the first 12 months, participants pay 25% of their weekly income, plus 100% of any Commonwealth Rent Assistance they may be entitled to receive. Once the participant has paid their part of the rent, the remainder is subsidised and paid directly to the landlord or real estate agent.
  • Bungree will help you reach your work and study goals throughout the program. The aim of the program is for you to gain employment and increase your income so you can afford to rent privately without any assistance. The amount you pay will go up gradually after 12 months, but we’ll chat to you about that closer to the time.
  • How you pay your rent can include wages, government allowances, benefits and child support payments. Your income can increase and you can still continue to receive Rent Choice Youth.
  • Rent Choice Youth can only be paid if your rent is affordable. When considering what’s affordable for you, take into account your weekly income plus 100% of any Commonwealth Rent Assistance you may be eligible for.
  • How to Access Our Housing Services

    If you require any further information or assistance with your Housing Application, please contact Bungree on 02 43500 100 (Option 2).

    If you are seeking emergency or temporary accommodation or are at risk of homelessness, please contact Bungree for assistance through our Specialist Homelessness Services on 02 43500 100 (Option 3).

    Alternatively, the Link2home telephone service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year on 1800 152 152. This is a free call from a landline.

    For Housing NSW Services, visit www.facs.nsw.gov.au/about/contact.