Aboriginal Tenants at Risk Program

The Aboriginal Tenants at Risk Program (ATAR) provides assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are tenants, or prospective tenants of Aboriginal Housing Victoria or the Office of Housing.

What we do

Through individual support, the program aims to assist the tenant to maintain current housing and prevent them from becoming homeless.

A support worker can help:

  • Support new tenants to achieve sustainable housing
  • Provide intensive support for at risk tenants to avoid housing breakdown
  • Provide assistance with priority transfers and new housing applications
  • Provide assistance with issues that may place tenancy at risk

Who can access ATAR?

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are current or soon to be tenants of Aboriginal Housing Victoria or the Office of Housing. The program is offered within the municipalities of Greater Dandenong, Frankston, Casey, Cardinia and Mornington Peninsula.

How can you access ATAR?

You can contact Wayss directly. Your worker at Aboriginal Housing Victoria or the Office of Housing may also refer you.

You might also be interested in:

Assistance for Families

Support for families in unstable accommodation to secure longer-term housing

Women’s Outreach Program

Assistance for women to find housing, secure income support and access support services

Homelessness Services

Wayss is the first point of contact for people experiencing, or who are at risk of, homelessness in Greater Dandenong, Casey, Cardinia and Frankston.

Download our Homelessness factsheet to learn more.

Wayss in the 1990s

Then in September 1997 the organisation became WAYSS Limited with a Board of Directors and day to day management by the Chief Executive Officer.

Wayss underwent further transformation with the restructure of community housing and the funding of the Transitional Housing Management (THM) program. The Regional Housing Council ceased operation and transferred direct service operations to Wayss in 1997.

During this decade Wayss became responsible for the then South East Women’s Domestic Violence Outreach Service. Funding was also received to establish a Children’s Services Worker within the outreach service. SAAP funded Women’s Outreach Program was also transferred to Wayss in 1999.