A Pay The Rent scheme operated in Fitzroy, Melbourne, in the 1990s.
Funds went to “Any Aboriginal community service RUN BY ABORIGINAL PEOPLE", for example:
– Land Council – Aboriginal Health Service, Fitzroy – Yappera Child Care – Koori Information Centre (KIC) – Aboriginal Advancement League (AAL) – Fitzroy Stars Youth Club”.
How it worked
The Fitzroy Pay the Rent group received funds from a range of interested non-Aboriginal people and passed it on to their Aboriginal counterparts, who then utilised and distributed the funds as they saw fit. The Pay the Rent group was thereby able to calculate a running total of how much was being paid and by how many people/parties.