Affordable, appropriate, permanent housing coupled with flexible and personalised support ends homelessness.
Ending homelessness for First Nations Peoples
⇒ We recently hosted a forum with Ruah Community Services to highlight the work of the Wongee Mia team. This award-winning project is a new model that is supporting and sustaining housing for First Nations peoples in Perth. Read more about the project here.
Ending homelessness for older women
⇒ A grant to CatholicCare is currently helping end homelessness for women in the Forbes/Parkes region. Already, eight women have had their homelessness ended and are now living in permanent housing and continue to be supported.
⇒ A pilot project with Women’s Property Initiatives is now complete, with four brand new affordable homes available for women over 55 years, on a low income and have around $150,000 in assets. They will be able to live in their own home, age in place and preserve their investment plus receive interest should they wish to leave. They will be charged rent that is no more than 30% of their income and WPI will be responsible for the costs of maintaining the properties, rates and building insurance. This new, replicable model ensures women will not exhaust their savings on expensive rents and have their own permanent, affordable home to live in.
⇒ A grant to the National Homeless Collective has helped 13 women avoid or prevent homelessness by providing funds to cover rent payments or bond in advance. The funds are paid back over time, to enable more women to benefit from this program.
Working to end homelessness for older people
⇒ We are working with the Ageing on the Edge Forum in NSW to establish a Home at Last style service, to help prevent older people from becoming homeless. This valuable service in Victoria is the winner of the 2021 Cath Leary Social Justice Award.
Read more about projects that are ending homelessness across Australia here.