Women’s Housing Ltd has formed a partnership with Thread Together. Thread Together addresses the uncomfortable truth around clothing waste by saving new clothes from going to landfill and providing them to people in need. The clothing services are FREE and available to WHL renters via the Mobile Wardrobe Van and an online service accessible via the Tenancy Officer. Recently the Mobile Wardrobe Van visited the Berwick Rooming House and residents were able to enjoy some retail therapy. Residents were very excited about their new clothing, Bonds underwear, Berlie bras and Sketchers runners were just some of the items available. The day was a resounding success with 18 residents taking part on the day.
[caption id="attachment_3165" align="alignnone" width="488"] Pictured: Judy Line, CEO of Women's Housing Ltd and The Hon Richard Wynne MP, Victorian Housing Minister announced $2.9 million development for social housing for older women and women escaping family violence. picture: Chris Doheny[/caption] On 18 May 2022, Minister for Housing Richard Wynne met with Women’s Housing Ltd’s representatives, including Chief Executive Officer Judy Line, to officially announce the development of eight new townhouses in Warrnambool as part of the Victorian Government's Big Housing Build. When completed the properties will provide safe housing for women escaping family violence, women over the age of 55 and first nation women. “Everyone deserves the right to a roof over their head and there is a very real need in the southwest of Victoria for more housing for women.” Minister for Housing Richard Wynne “We’re very, very proud to be building this development here in Warrnambool.” Judy Line, CEO, Women’s Housing Ltd
Access to safe housing remains a key challenge facing Australia’s First Nations women. In acknowledging our presence on land that was stolen and not ceded, Women’s Housing Ltd is emerging from the pandemic with the goal to increase the representation of First Nations women in our properties and provide them with a home that meets their needs. Hearing the invaluable stories of our Renters has helped us understand their needs in the pursuit of providing culturally safe and inclusive housing. Many of our First Nations Renters came to us with experiences of housing insecurity. Women’s Housing Ltd is proud to provide a safe and inclusive home to these Renters. The certainty and permanency our housing brings to our First Nations renters has been described as bringing a sense of security and safety that been missing. The stories of three First Nations Renters speaks to why Women’s Housing Ltd does what we do:
As part of the Victorian State Government’s “Big Housing Build”, the first round of funding from Homes Victoria will see a total of $738 million invested in 89 projects across the state. Women’s Housing Ltd has successfully secured funding for 309 new social housing dwellings spread over 13 projects, the dwellings are designed to house women and children in need of a safe place to call home. The new homes will be built in areas where they are needed most and will target women and children escaping domestic violence and older women, with 10% of the new homes allocated to Aboriginal Victorians. “This is an incredibly exciting moment for WHL and our clients – both present and future,” said Judy Line, CEO of Women’s Housing Ltd. Work on the projects will begin by the end of 2021 and it is anticipated that tenants will have a new place to call home by the end of 2023.
An anonymous donor gifted WHL 500 items of clothing. These garments were of high quality, merino wool, linen and silk. These garments were transported by Tenancy Officers to many renters across Melbourne. Thanks to our anonymous donor!!
“I have a special event this weekend and I had nothing to wear. Now I feel I will be the best dressed there. Thank-you!” Renter “Oh my, I never thought I would wear something so beautiful. Thanks.” Renter “It was fantastic to be able to give the residents these clothes. Very good quality and very much appreciated... There was such a buzz in the air... so much happiness” Tenancy Officer
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