What’s New at Harvest Square

On 25 October 2023, Anthony Cianflone MP, State Labor Member for Pascoe Vale, Coburg and parts of Brunswick West visited the Harvest Square public housing redevelopment site.  Women’s Housing Ltd will be managing 111 units on the site as part of an agreement with Homes Victoria.  In addition Women's Housing Ltd will purchase 8 units from AV Jennings taking the total number of dwellings to 119.   Anthony Cianflone MP continues to show his support for Women’s Housing Ltd and the development of social and community housing for women in Victorian Parliament.  

Big Thanks!

The Soup Angel was created in March 2020 during the first COVID lockdown in Melbourne to provide home cooked, healthy and nutritious soups to the elderly and others in need.  The Soup Angel has now grown to over 50 volunteers that deliver over 130 bowls of soup every fortnight to Melbourne and regional Victorian communities. 

Women's Housing Ltd would like to thank The Soup Angel for providing donated goods to many of our renters!

WHL Walks to Celebrate NAIDOC Week

Staff at Women's Housing Ltd put their runners on and walked to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as part of NAIDOC Week.

Churchill Fellowship Report

WHL is pleased to announce that after much hard work Adam Sandford, WHL's Asset and Development Manager, has had his Churchill Fellowship report published.  Adam undertook to study indigenous housing, home ownership and support models. The key focus was on various programs currently and formerly available in Canada.  The aim was to follow the progress of one of the world’s largest First Nations populations, in a country that shares not only similar systems of Government and housing strategies, but a similar history of treatment of their indigenous cultures.   Adam looked at successful and unsuccessful programs to gain insights and to develop an understanding of the impact to First Nation groups. "My hope is to bring cultural appropriate services to the forefront of everything we do." To read the report please click here.

National Reconciliation Week

Staff from Women’s Housing Ltd attended the inaugural National Reconciliation Week Breakfast and Maggolee Awards Ceremony. The Breakfast brought together reconciliation supporters and champions to launch National Reconciliation Week and focused on the theme: Be a Voice for Generations. We heard from keynote speaker Aunty Jill Gallagher AO on the importance of the Voice to Parliament referendum.

Victim Survivor Experience Mapping Report

The Northern Integrated Family Violence Service has recently launched a Victim Survivor Experience Mapping Report. The report notes the critical role and importance of providing safe, appropriate accommodation for people and recommends advocating for motel accommodation to be safe for victim survivors and children. Crisis in Crisis Crisis in Crisis II

Reconciliation Action Plan

WHL are proud to announce the creation of our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). This RAP reaffirms our dedication to reconciliation and commitment to providing culturally safe services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. WHL undertook extensive collaboration and consultation in development of this document and are thankful to all persons that contributed along the way. The finalisation of the RAP marks the beginning of a larger journey of implementing change in a way that is tangible, transparent and meaningful. We embrace the Uluru Statement from the Heart and will ensure it remains central in implementing our cultural safety goals. WHL encourage you to download and read our RAP and welcome any feedback from our clients and renters. All artwork featured in the RAP was created by Reanna Bono of Yakuwa Designs (Wemba Wemba and Wiradjuri). Reanna’s artwork celebrates women and their connection to country and ancestors. Information about an official launch will be available in time. WHL Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan

Big Housing Build Progress

As part of the Victorian State Government’s “Big Housing Build”, the first round of funding from Homes Victoria saw a total of $738 million invested in 89 projects across the state. WHL was successful in winning funding for 309 new social housing dwellings spread over 13 projects, and work on the projects is progressing. The dwellings are designed to house women and children in need of a safe place to call home, and will target women and children escaping domestic violence and older women, with 10% of the new homes allocated to Aboriginal Victorians. It’s anticipated that some very happy new tenants will be given the keys to their homes by the end of 2023.

PowerHousing Australia Member Exchange Conference

On 21 November 2022 representatives of WHL attended the PowerHousing Australia Member Exchange Conference in Canberra.  The conference was an opportunity to connect, collaborate and construct healthy communities.  The conference hosted international and local experts and thought leaders to inform and share best practice on social and affordable housing.

Housing for First Nations Women

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:

  • WHL Tenancy Officers create a safe yarning space to connect with Renters. After meeting a Renter in her home over several cups of coffee and establishing a personal connection, the Renter was able to address her rental arrears and now lives comfortably free of rental debt and risk to her housing security.
  • A woman was afforded financial and housing stability, thereby allowing them to return to study and achieve their career goal alongside a safe family home.
  • Another Renter was passed through six different housing providers before arriving with Women’s Housing Ltd, where she was relieved to be assisted with her move and obtaining warm clothes and food. When she connected with another First Nations woman housed by our organisation in her property, she found a further sense of belonging in her new home.
We are proud to be an organisation helping to lead the nation towards greater housing inclusivity and protection for our First Nations Australians. Thank you to all our renters who were so generous and helpful in writing this article.

1 2 3 18
WP2Social Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com