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Young people

Lead Tenant

Hume region Northern region

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The Lead Tenant program helps young people develop independent living skills through accommodation and support from a live-in mentor.

The program provides a safe, stable and supportive living environment for young people aged 16 to 18 years old while they transition from out-of-home care.

How it works

Young people in the program receive support from their case worker and a live-in mentor. The program is designed for young people to:

  • develop supportive relationships with adults and other young people
  • build confidence and self-esteem
  • build independent living skills in a shared household before transitioning to independent living.

Young people are referred to the program by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

About live-in mentors

Young people are supported in households by live-in volunteer mentors, known as Lead Tenants, who provide:

  • positive role modelling
  • personal support
  • help and support within the house.

Become a mentor

Learn more about how to become a live-in mentor with Lead Tenant.

Contact us

Lead Tenant is run in 3 of our regions across Victoria.

For more information about the program, please contact your closest office:

Northern region (Melbourne's northern suburbs)

Phone: 03 9450 4700

Hume Region (Shire of Greater Shepparton, Moira, Mitchell, Murrindindi, Strathbogie, Alpine, Delatite, Wangaratta and Wodonga)
Phone: 03 5822 8100

Western Region (Central Highlands including Ballarat, Wimmera and Horsham)
Phone: 03 5330 5000