The pilot of the Older Women’s Housing Project in Melbourne by Women’s Property Initiatives (WPI) has taken an enormous step forward with the issue of the planning permit for development of four townhouses. The Mercy Foundation provided seed funding for this project through the Grants to End Homelessness program.
This innovative project will enable four older women on fixed, low incomes who are currently relying on an expensive rental market to each secure their own brand new home.
WPI is in discussions with the Victorian Government to advocate for a wider roll out of the program.
The project provides permanent, appropriate, secure housing for older women with limited funds, who cannot afford to buy their own home. Additionally, it will eliminate housing insecurity from their lives and enable to them to live a comfortable and dignified retirement.