Veritas House has launched a fundraising appeal to raise $250,000 to purchase a Transitional Youth Housing property in Orange to assist young people who are exiting crisis accommodation to transition into independent living.

For many young people experiencing homelessness that stay at the youth refuge and who cannot return safely to their homes, it can be difficult to secure a lease in the private rental market with no prior rental history and limited finances. To help address this in Bathurst, Veritas owns a one-bedroom flat which it operates as a transitional youth housing property, leasing the property at below market rent to young people who are transitioning from homelessness to independence; and Veritas case workers support them over a 3-6 month period to obtain furnishings, secure ongoing income, learn budgeting and tenancy management skills and develop a rental history. At the end of their lease, Veritas provides a reference and assists the young person to secure long-term private rental accommodation through advocacy and support.

Veritas does not have access to a similar property in Orange and this is making it increasingly difficult to address the cycle of disadvantage for local young people, particularly as Orange has one of the lowest rate of rental properties available in NSW. As a result, Veritas has launched a fundraising appeal, kicked off by a generous donation of $9,000 from The Agrestic Grocer who raised the funds at their ‘Mixed Tape’ event held in December 2018. Support has also been received from local business Macquarie Medi Spa, and from the McCormack Barber Community Chest.

If you would like to make a tax deductible donation towards the Orange Transitional Housing Appeal, simply click the PayPal button below and select the ‘Orange Transitional Housing Appeal’ in the drop down options. Alternatively, if you own a business and would like to donate goods or services towards a raffle, or would be interested in hosting a fundraising event to support the Appeal, please contact Narelle or Danielle on (02) 6332 3882 or email Narelle.Stocks@veritashouse.org.au to discuss ways that you can provide support.

Earlier this year, Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation provided a $50,000 grant which enabled Veritas to fully renovate the Transitional Youth Housing property in Bathurst, including a new kitchen, bathroom and laundry, as well as new furnishings. The result is a unit that tenants can take pride in while rebuilding their life and an asset that will benefit the Bathurst community by breaking the cycle of homelessness and disadvantage for generations to come. We believe young people living in Orange deserve the same opportunity!

Check out the link above to watch a short video of our ‘new-look’ Transitional Youth Housing flat in Bathurst; and please support our Appeal so that we can establish a similar property to support young people in Orange.