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ParentsNext program leaves single parents wondering about next steps to secure rental properties

Single parents on a federal government income support program say mandatory reporting requirements introduced this year are locking them out of the housing market. Bridie Stirling has moved four times in eight months with her four-year-old son. She said a lack of rental vacancies in regional Australia, and the stigma associated with income support linked to a parenting employment program, had left her struggling to break into the market.