At last I will have a place of my own – its mine forever and I can be safe
All women have the right to safe, secure, affordable housing choices.
Women’s Housing Limited (WHL)
focuses on human rights, particularly the basic rights of women (and their children) to housing, healthcare,education and employment.
Since our establishment in 1997, we’ve been listening to and validating women’s experiences, and acting as their voice in the housing sector.
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We have a huge demand on our service which includes not only seeking accommodation, but also the provision of basic toiletries, train tickets and food. With this increasing demand we need your help more than ever.
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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
Community Food Guide
“Many people within the City of Melbourne face daily challenges in accessing enough nutritious food. Most of us are not eating enough fruit and vegetables to meet our nutritional needs and an increasing number of people are living in densely populated areas where there is less space to grow food” The Community Food Guide, City of Melbourne
The Community Food Guide has been created by the City of Melbourne to provide helpful information about food access programs, services and resources within the City of Melbourne and surrounding suburbs. Categories include food banks, community meals, food education, community gardens and food rescue.
On 23rd January 2018 Per Capita, in partnership with Women’s Housing Ltd and Fitted for Work, launched the Money For JamApp and mentoring program. Over 30 women participated in the first workshop. There was a buzz of excitement in the room all day.
“I haven’t been in a classroom for ages; great to be making new friends”
Money For Jam is a social innovation project specifically designed to address income poverty for older women. The program is designed to help women over the age of 50 supplement their income. Older women are increasingly at risk of homelessness and unemployment. Money For Jam provides mentoring for women at risk of homelessness to turn their hobbies and passions into micro-enterprises.
At the first workshop participants were introduced to the Money For Jam App. The aim of the App is to make the Money For Jam program more accessible to participants. The App allows participants to pace their learning, provides links to engage in further learning opportunities and offers a portal where the participants can support each other through the year long program.
“The app was fun and so easy to use”
Mentors have volunteered to support, guide and motivate participants during the year. Some of the mentors were present for the first workshop.
“I am really excited about 2018 – anything is possible”
Per Capita developed the App in consultation with En Masse. The Brotherhood of St Laurence will evaluate the project.
It’s that time of year again when our little ones put uniforms back on, pack school bags and get ready to learn.
But for us big people it can be overwhelming and stressful working out the costs associated with heading back to school.
The Ardoch Youth Foundation is a charity that helps disadvantaged children and young people reach their potential through education. The Ardoch Youth Foundation has produced a guide for parents and carers on how to manage and reduce school costs.
“While the aim of this guide is to help inform you about the different costs of education and assist you to manage these, we believe that the personal role you play in supporting children to learn is the most critical. By engaging in what children are learning, talking about the benefits of school and building positive relationships with people at your child’s school you reinforce the importance of education, which will be the key to them having chances and choices in life.” Ardoch Youth Foundation, Ardoch School Costs Guide 2018