Having somewhere to live is vital for your health and wellbeing. Sadly, the experience of mental illness can also lead to poor housing and even homelessness.

Here are some resources to increase your ability to find somewhere safe to live.

Renting and tenancy

Renting and tenancy

Everybody needs somewhere safe to live.

But finding a suitable property and making sure you’ll be happy ever after isn’t simple. There’s a fair bit to think about, including:

  • getting ready to search for a rental property
  • carrying out your search
  • applying for properties
  • securing a tenancy
  • moving
  • successfully maintaining your tenancy – paying your rent on time and looking after the property
  • ending your tenancy
  • resolving tenancy issues.

We’ve made the process simpler for you.

The Mind private rental information and resource guide is an easy-to-read, practical guide that was put together for clients of mental health services and their support facilitators in the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne. While some of the information is specific to that area, it’s full of information that can be helpful to anyone finding their way through the private rental market and having a happy tenancy.

Mind's supported independent living options

Mind's supported independent living options

Mind does have some properties in the inner suburbs of Melbourne offering supported independent living services to people with an allowance for that in their NDIS package.

These residences have a number of units on site and are staffed by community mental health workers. While living independently, residents receive support throughout the week from a dedicated worker who helps with building life skills, a more healthy lifestyle, confidence and connection with activities and other supports in the community. Mind promotes a sense of community in these residences, encouraging residents and staff (some of whom are peer workers) to get together regularly for the opportunity to share and offer friendly support.

Have a look on our services finder to see listings for these services - or call Mind Connect on 1300 AT MIND (1300 286 463).