Private Rental Access Program

Private Rental Access Program (PRAP) assists people to establish or maintain private rental accommodation.

The program provides advice, information and flexible financial assistance packages to:

  • Young people (aged 16 to 25 years)
  • Women and their children escaping family violence
  • People with a diagnosed mental health condition

PRAP staff support people to meet their responsibilities outlined in their lease, develop local networks, and to live as independently as possible.

Who can access PRAP?

PRAP assists people whose private rental is at risk of breaking down or who have recently secured a private rental tenancy. PRAP operates in Greater Dandenong, Frankston, Casey, Cardinia and Mornington Peninsula

The program specifically assists:

  • Young people (aged 16 to 25 years)
  • Women and their children escaping family violence
  • People with a diagnosed mental health condition

How can you access PRAP?

PRAP is only available for those linked with a support worker who is able to provide a referral. Referrals for assistance can be made in the following way:

  • Women and children escaping family violence may be referred by a Wayss’ support worker or a worker from Good Shepherd
  • Young people (aged 16 to 25 years) may be referred by a support worker from Wayss, SalvoCare Eastern or Youth Links
  • Ermha (Eastern Region Mental Health Association) is able to make referrals to PRAP through their Mental Health Pathways program

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.