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Shebah

On 24 August 2018 Women’s Housing Ltd gratefully accepted a generous cheque from Shebah, an all female ride share service.  Shebah have a fleet of fabulous female drivers that enable women across Australia to access safe and convenient transport.

Not only has Shebah very kindly donated 1% of all fares to charity but they are also committed to supporting their women drivers to access economic opportunity by ensuring they keep 85% of their fares.  

Top picture: representatives from PANDA, Women’s Housing Ltd and NCASA accepting the oversized cheques from George McEncroe
Bottom picture: Some of the many Shebah drivers

 

Thank you Shebah for the many ways you are supporting women.

Homeward Bound

On Tuesday 31 July 2018 Women’s Housing Ltd assisted Eastern Homelessness Network in their Walk to End Homelessness.

Lots of sunshine, smiles and cake to raise awareness for a very serious issue!

Milestone for Women’s Housing Ltd

Women’s Housing Ltd are excited to announce the Housing Registrar has approved our application to become a Housing Association.

Becoming a Housing Association presents a wonderful opportunity for Women’s Housing Ltd and our clients.  As a Housing Association, Women’s Housing Ltd will have the capacity and resources to be able to provide more specialist housing for women and children.  For women in need, it’s about providing housing security and also a pathway out of disadvantage.”  Judy Line, CEO Women’s Housing Ltd

It’s a huge achievement for Women’s Housing Ltd and it’s great to have a specialist women’s housing provider within the pool of Housing Associations.Haleh Homaei, Chair, CHIA Vic

Welcome Packs

ADRA have generously donated welcome packs full of essential items for our tenants.

What started out as a full van soon got emptied.  Rebecca Aurient from ADRA assisted Jacqui to deliver the packs to our THM tenants.

 

 

 

 

Thank you ADRA for your continued and ongoing support!

“Start Small and Do It Well”

On Friday 25th May Money For Jam Participants were treated to a special guest presenter.

Prabin Guatam from VIS Network, a digital marketing consultancy, volunteered his time and expert knowledge to talk about marketing and how the women could use digital marketing to further their business ideas.  Prabin encouraged all women to find their passion and belief in their ideas.

“Start small and do it well!”

The woman practiced their 30-second ‘elevator pitch’.  The session was well attended and there was a buzz in the room.

What’s Happening at the Berwick Rooming House

Early May was a busy time at the rooming house with tenants benefiting from two different workshops.

On 4 May, Nigel Joseph from EACH attended the Berwick Rooming House to discuss the services EACH can offer regarding drug and alcohol use.  EACH recognise that health and wellbeing is significantly and negatively affected by factors such as unemployment, homelessness, financial difficulties, social exclusion and addiction so they offer a wide range of supports to assist members of the community to lead happier, healthier lives. 

On 11 May, Lisa Hansen from Casey North Community Information and Support Service attended the Berwick Rooming House to run a financial literacy workshop.  Casey North CISS has a range of services and programs that have been developed to respond to the pressing needs of the local community. 

The feedback from the tenants was very positive.

Thank you Nigel and Lisa for your time and support. 

Senator Janet Rice

Guess who turned up on her bike to have a look at Women’s Housing Ltd’s new development…Senator Janet Rice.

Senator Janet Rice was in the neighbourhood and interested in our housing specifically for women at Newport. She is currently setting up a trust for green energy initiatives for housing.

Bayswater

The gardens at Bayswater are having a makeover thanks to the wonderful volunteers from the Wantirna Seventh-Day Adventist Church

Women’s Housing Limited believes a home is not just a roof over your head.  With the valuable support from Wantirna Seventh Day Adventist Church we are able to provide additional services to improve the lives of our tenants and help them to feel safe and secure.

The project started on 15 April 2018 with volunteers redoing the watering system. 

Then on 22 April 2018 the gardens at Bayswater were active again with more than 20 people helping to weed, plant, dig, shovel and just simply work hard. 

Remarkable before and after photos…

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Stay tuned for the final stage in a couple of week the gardens will be finished with a teen area and a children’s playground.

Brave New World of Community Housing

On Thursday 19 April 2018 several staff from Women’s Housing Ltd attended the CHIA conference: Brave New World of Community Housing. 

“Our industry is playing an increasingly vital role in tackling Australia’s growing housing affordability crisis at a time when the financing landscape is undergoing major changes and the impact of the Victorian Government’s Homes for Victorians strategy and allocations framework is beginning to be felt.”

Staff heard from, Derek Ballantyne, the man tasked with implementing Canada’s $40 billion National Housing Strategy and about expectations of our social landlord role. 

Staff were also there to support Anne Winters, a Women’s Housing Ltd tenant, who agreed to speak at the conference.  She talked about what she wanted from a landlord and what she got from Women’s Housing Ltd. 

Thank you Anne for once again supporting the Community Housing Industry and being a wonderful advocate for women suffering a housing crisis.

Newport Opening

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

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