On 19 March 2018 Women’s Housing Ltd’s Newport development was officially opened by The Hon. Marlene Kairouz MP, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation. Wade Noonan MP, State Member for Williamstown also attended the opening.
This project was designed to deliver more affordable, long-term housing to women at risk of homelessness. Located close to public transport, local shops and parklands, the development includes 20 new one and two bedroom dwellings for women and children, many of whom are escaping family violence.
The design by award-winning architectural practice, ClarkeHopkinsClarke and built by Buildcorp, prioritises the safety of tenants, while ensuring the apartments have the look and feel of a traditional residential home. Additional features include car parking, terraces and a number of apartments that have been designed to support ageing in place, reflecting the growing number of elderly women in housing crisis. The project was funded by a $5.5m grant from the Victorian Property Fund.
CEO of Women’s Housing Ltd Judy Line says
“The recent increased public awareness of violence against women has helped secure more funding for community housing projects”
Pictured left to right: Wade Noonan MP, Judy Line, CEO, Valerie Mosley, Chair, Marlene Kairouz MP and Bianka and Nyakong with Jak, tenants