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Others talked about the importance that having a rental property meant for keeping their family together or being able move their family to a safer place to live for those who were fleeing family violence. The case studies of Tom, Sally and her cousin illustrate the difference the program has made for them in being able to rebuild their families. After securing an NRAS property combined with brokerage support, Tom is now able to have his children come and stay in their own room and because he was able to secure an affordable property he can also afford to take them out. As a consequence his mental health has improved significantly and he is starting to return to work one day a week. Tom 11 contacts Tom was referred from [Service] for support with housing. He was in between places and wanted to have a stable home for his two children. After an assessment Tom was considered financially suitable for the housing project. His mental health was being supported by his [Service] worker however his insecure housing was impacting on his mental health. WCC assisted Tom with support letters for his applications for private rental. In the process of seeking private rental, Tom’s situation changed. His access to his children had been limited to only having access every second weekend. His income also changed and he was no longer receiving family tax benefit. His urgency for housing was also critical as he only had a month left in his current accommodation. WCC referred Tom to the local real estate agents in Thomastown but this was not successful as he was seeking very affordable rental of $250 a week. Finally Tom was able to secure a NRAS rental and was assisted with our housing loan. Tom is on track with repayments and travelling better with his mental health. Sally and her cousin 19 contacts, 4 contacts Sally was a long-term client of the agency and first presented in early 2013. She experienced family violence and fled from her husband with her children and continued to receive casework support from WCC during this time. Sally had a cousin living in the area who assisted with navigating the service system and also emotional support. To reduce the costs of her housing Sally decided to move into a rental property with her cousin. Both needed assistance with rent in advance. They also had some difficulties applying for a bond loan and WCC provided advocacy on their behalf and a bond loan was granted. Sally continued to engage with the broader programs at WCC including English classes. Sally no longer requires an interpreter as her English has improved significantly, as well as her written English and she is much more settled and content with life. Both Sally and her cousin are on track with repayments. 31