Opening at St Albans

On 24th January 2024, The Hon. Harriet Shing, Minister for Housing, formally opened Women’s Housing Ltd’s St Albans property.  The project was funded by Homes Victoria as part of $5.3 billion Big Housing Build and delivered in partnership with Women’s Housing Ltd. The site features 53 one, two and three bedroom homes for women in need and is conveniently located close to public transport, playgrounds, schools and the St Albans shopping district. The property is designed to meet the Liveable Housing Design Guidelines and each dwelling achieves a minimum seven-star energy rating – helping residents reduce power consumption and save on bills. “We’re continuing our work to provide housing, care and services to people most in need, including First Nations women and survivors of family violence.”  The Hon. Harriet Shing, Minister for Housing. The building was named in honour of Chloe Munro AO, a generous benefactor to Women’s Housing Ltd.  Fred Backler, Chloe’s son, was present to honour Chloe’s legacy of providing safe and secure long term housing for vulnerable women. Pictured above: The Hon. Harriet Shing, Fred Backler, Judy Line, The Hon. Natalie Suleyman “There’s nothing more important than making sure everyone has a home, so it's wonderful to be able to deliver housing for women who need it most, right here in St Albans."  The Hon. Natalie Suleyman, Member for St Albans.

Let’s Discuss…

Sarah Sheppard, Women's Services Manager, was also asked to participate in a plenary panel: the Mana-na woorn-tyeen maar-takoort 3 years on. WHL represented the mainstream access and entry points on the panel as one of many agencies on the Blueprint Steering Committee for the formation of an Aboriginal Entry Point system. Mana-na woorn-tyeen maar-takoort is the Victorian Aboriginal Housing and Homelessness Framework and it translates to ‘Every Aboriginal Person has a home’ in Gunditijmara language. Also on the panel was Darren Smith at AHVIC and Jason, an Aboriginal man with lived experience. For more information on the Blueprint Steering Committee click here.

Big Housing Build Project

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.

An Award for the Women’s Justice Diversion Program

On 20 November 2023 Women's Housing Ltd's Women's Justice Diversion Program (WJDP) received the Award for ending homelessness among Diverse and over-Represented Groups from Council to Homeless Persons. The WJDP was developed in response to reports of women being refused bail and release orders due to homelessness.  The Program is designed to extend housing support to homeless women on remand and reduce the likelihood of re-presentation to custody.  Congratulations, Sarah Sheppard and the WJDP Team! Women's Housing Ltd would like to congratulate the other winners of the day and recognise the incredible work the organisations and individuals are achieving, especially those with lived experience in homelessness. For more information on the event click here.

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

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