Assistance with Care and Housing for the Aged Program

7 recipients share in $2 M for housing and accommodation services for older people who are at risk of becoming homeless or who are homeless. 


The Australian Government is expanding funding for the Assistance with Care and Housing for the Aged (ACHA) Program.  The expansion, which commences in the 2012-13 financial year, will focus support on outer regional, remote or very remote locations where the incidence of older people who are at risk of becoming homeless or who are homeless is higher.

Funding of $4.18 million (GST inclusive) will be provided over three years (2012-15).



The Assistance with Care and Housing for the Aged (ACHA) Program supports older people who are at risk of becoming homeless or who are homeless.  The program helps them to remain in the community by facilitating access to housing and linking them to community care where appropriate.


Eligible Activities

The ACHA program provides linkage assistance for care and housing, but does not provide direct care or on-going support. The program links clients with the most appropriate range of existing housing and care services in order to meet their immediate and on-going needs.

Referrals to housing and accommodation services are the main focus of the ACHA Program. However, most clients are also referred to a wide range of other services. These can be medical, financial and legal services or for any services supporting the client’s housing security and ability to achieve or maintain independence of living in the community.

Housing Assistance includes assessing the housing needs of clients, searching for suitable accommodation, providing assistance with housing applications, liaison between clients and housing providers or their agents and accompanying clients on inspections.

Funding may be provided for minor assets necessary for initial set-up of ACHA service outlets, for leasing of motor vehicles or for the purchase of motor vehicles in remote areas where leasing arrangements are not available.



Some of the recipients include:

  • Resthaven Inc – $155,705
  • Helping Hand Aged Care – $304,700
  • Catholic Diocese of Port Pirie – $270,594
  • Australian Red Cross Society (Adelaide) – $342,496
  • Mount Isa Community Development Association – $267,171
  • Australian Red Cross Society (Bridgetown) – $369,715
  • UnitingCare NSW.ACT – $352,577


Expert Assistance

Writing a good quality grant application is a critical element in the application process. An application needs to be well thought through, written concisely, have clear objectives and purpose, and show clear links to the objectives of the grant guidelines.

The grant application must answer all questions, provide all required information and respond to the merit criteria. It should also reflect your organisation’s business strategy.

Writing a good application takes time and effort, and requires particular writing skills.

Bulletpoint are expert grant consultants and can assist with all aspects of grant preparation.

Call us on (03) 9005 6789 or email to discuss further.

We can assist with demonstrating:

  • how the project meets the needs of older people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, in outer regional, remote or very remote areas.
  • a demand for ACHA services and an understanding of client needs in the proposed service area/s, especially clients from indigenous and other cultural groups.
  • experience to deliver the project
  • project’s value for money
  • financial viability


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