What does Safer Families Assistance provide?
Safer Families Assistance provides financial assistance to people affected by domestic and family violence. It is the provision of $2,000 worth of assistance to help with costs associated with maintaining or establishing a home in the ACT.
Who is eligible for the Safer Families Assistance?
Safer Families Assistance is available to people who are seeking to establish or re-establish a home following the experience of domestic and family violence. Single people and families are eligible to apply for assistance. Currently, the income barriers to receiving Safer Families Assistance are:
Single applicant with no dependents - $1787 gross per week
Family of two persons - $2382 gross per week
Family of three or more persons - $2382 gross per week plus $238 each additional person.
How do I apply?
If you are eligible, please fill out the application form. A service in the Territory that works to address family violence must refer your application to Housing ACT. Services include:
- a general practitioner
- a medical professional
- a police officer
- a Child Youth and Family protection officer
- a social worker (including from a religious institution)
- an officer from a specialist housing and homelessness provider
What kind of expenses are covered?
Safer Families Assistance covers expenses associated with sustaining or re-establishing a family home. This includes, but is not limited to:
- mortgage or rental payments;
- white goods, furniture and furnishings;
- accessing legal services in relation to the family violence, or sustaining or re-establishing a family home;
- supporting children to participate in recreational activities;
- pet care expenses;
- transport; and
- any other related expenses.
For more assistance or information, please telephone Gateway Services on 133 427.