Grants to end homelessness awarded

Seven outstanding projects were recently awarded a Grant to End Homelessness to end or prevent homelessness, particularly for women, in communities across Australia. We commend the recipient organisations who are working hard to make the right to housing a reality for all in their communities.

Up to $60,000 was awarded to the following projects:

Uniting WA  The Together Program
This three year pilot program is supporting pregnant women and young mothers who are homeless.  The program aims to provide safe and secure housing, enhance the health and wellbeing of mother and baby, reduce the risk of child removal and significantly improve the long term outcomes.

Older Women’s Network Blue Mountains Homes for Older Women Program
This pilot program will develop the resources and framework needed to safely connect women over 55 years in need of housing with homeowners who have a spare bedroom, granny flat or other accommodation available to rent at an affordable price. Support will be provided to ensure any issues arising are dealt with quickly and efficiently.

 Sisters of Charity Foundation Modern Slavery Transitional Housing Program
This project provides survivors of modern slavery with accommodation and tailored support, to assist them in sustaining a tenancy. The Sisters of Charity Foundation works in partnership with The Salvation Army’s Trafficking and Slavery Safe House and Salvo’s Housing to deliver the program.

Prison Network A Pathway from Prison to Permanent Housing
In recognition of the barriers women face when released from prison to rebuild their lives, this project seeks to address these challenges by providing tailored support and assistance in moving into permanent housing.

Northern Community Legal Centre Safe steps to legal rights and financial security
This project will establish a partnership with family violence crisis accommodation services to ensure swift access to legal assistance for women experiencing family violence. Financial abuse, lack of access to property and financial entitlements can threaten housing security and lead to ongoing homelessness for women leaving a violent relationship.

Cana Communities Art Therapy
Cana’s Art Therapy program is an intensive therapeutic tool addressing the underlying complex mental health needs of people experiencing chronic homelessness. The pilot program had remarkable outcomes in assisting people who with complex needs, showing a significant improvement in mental health and ability to sustain a tenancy.

Lighthouse Foundation
The project will help provide essential furnishings for the newly renovated home for young women escaping forced or early marriage, and the provision of support to ensure the transition into the home is a positive and smooth experience.