Womens Housing

Women’s Housing Limited (WHL)
focuses on human rights, particularly the basic rights of women (and their children) to housing, healthcare,education and employment.

Since our establishment in 1997, we’ve been listening to and validating women’s experiences, and acting as their voice in the housing sector. 

Click on the video below to see how we are changing lives and how important the service we provide is.

Want to Make a Donation?

We have a huge demand on our service which includes not only seeking accomodation, but also the provision of basic toiletries, train tickets and food. With this increasing demand we need your help more than ever. 

Please click on the link below to make a donation through the Give Now website.

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Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence

"The Role of Housing in our Response to Family Violence"  A submission to the Royal Victorian Commission into family violence by Women's Housing Limited.
SubmissionPDF1008.04 KB Download

What's Happening!

                   Mt Martha Mosaic Launch
               was held on 16 November 2015

Residents of the Mount Martha Rooming House have been involved in a project using art to link images of the community with their own stories. 

Over a ten week period artist Amanda Forster assisted the tenants to turn their ideas into two mosaic murals.  Now the murals are finished they have become a permanent fixture in the garden at the Mount Martha Rooming House.  See article posted by Arts on the Peninsula at the following link:


This project was made possible with funding support from Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Creative Community Grants program.

The project has had a ripple effect...

Using the themes, colours and stories associated with the mosaic panels, tenants planned and developed a garden that beautifully compliments the panels.
The tenants have also created an art space were they feel comfortable expressing themselves through art.  Collectively they are called Tangerine ArtScape and their works can be viewed on The Edge website (link below).

"Tangerine ArtScape was born out of the desire to silence the noise inside our heads, and to utilise Art Therapy to express our inner creativity"


New Bike Racks

With the support of the Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation Women's Housing Limited have installed bike racks at five of our Rooming Houses. 

This initiative will encourage environmentally friendly transport, provide opportunities to improve the health of the tenants and assist the tenants to adequately secure their bikes.

This project has been supported by Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation.

A Big Thank-you!

I visited the Mt Martha Rooming House on Monday and was delighted to see a queue of tenants waiting to have their haircut by two volunteer hairdressers - Rose and Elizabeth.

Women's Housing Limited would like to thank Rose and Elizabeth for donating their time and expertise. 

Who's talking

  • I was elated when WHL gave me my current place. The feeling of… no more being scared, stressed, abused physically and emotionally, my kids safe and able to start again.
  • I have cried for joy so many times.
  • …for my children to be able to have friends over, to have our own beds and to have space and to have security.
  • Thank you for choosing us for this new property. This has made such a change to both of our lives.
  • WHL gave me the breathing space to focus and move forward despite the uncertainty of my future at that time.
  • It was a huge sense of relief to be able to feel safe and secure and I was able to progress my life.
  • I would like to thank you and your team in regards to the financial assistance granted to me. It was overwhelming and I shall not forget this kindness. Know that this was a great decision.
  • It was practically brand new – lovely to move into.
  • Thanks for your support. Thank you for your understanding. I have never had anyone act that way before.
  • I just found my nail clippers in my bag....you know he went away for a weekend and I just grabbed whatever I could and ran” [said during the interview]

  • It happened so fast, I couldn’t believe it. Women’s Housing Limited has helped me out so much. I thank them from the bottom of my heart.
  • WHL staff appear genuinely concerned about my well-being and are very reassuring. I feel most welcome and comfortable here.
  • I am grateful for the garage I live in, but at the end of the day, it is still a garage [said with tears running down her face]

  • This is the happiest day of my life....thank you so much

  • I have been doing it pretty hard, this has made my year [said through tears]

  • Is this true, is this really true? [once convinced] I have had a sad life, but this is the best day I have had so far [said through an interpreter]

  • Thank you Women’s Housing. I didn’t even know anything like this existed [referring to Women’s Housing]. Thank you from the bottom of my heart
  • I am so sorry, but I can’t stop crying...you don’t know what this means for me
  • I haven’t been able to plan anything...you know, without knowing where I am going to be living, I can’t even apply for a job.....I will be able to start again...
  • Thank you – I have been so worried and haven’t known what to do. I didn’t know about organisations like Women’s Housing, thank you, thank you…
  • I can’t tell you how much this means – thank you Women’s Housing, thank you from the bottom of my heart
  • I am so happy, now I can start planning a life for myself and my girls. I can find them a school where they can settle down. There life won’t be in chaos
  • At last I will have a place of my own – its mine forever and I can be safe
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