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.

Key Areas we work in:

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!

National Volunteer Week 9-15 May 2016

We have a wonderful group of volunteers that help keep the Women's Housing Limited community development program fun and full of events.

Thanks to the City of Yarra we had an opportunity to thank Helene Levin (pictured accepting certificate from Mayor Cr Roberto Colanzi), Cheryl Widlend and Gina Poulos at an official ceremony at the Collingwood Town Hall on 10 May 2016.
We appreciate and thank all that volunteer their valuable time and expertise.

Sisterworks Inc. Social Enterprise

SisterWorks Inc. was founded by Luz Restrepo, a political refugee from Colombia. Luz arrived in Australia in 2010 with her life in tatters and spoke no English. "I  felt like a nobody; frightened, isolated and disempowered."

Luz soon discovered that she was not alone. Along with a group of women experiencing similar challenges, she began to make and sell crafts around Melbourne. They understood that to support each other is also to strengthen each other. 

SisterWorks Inc. aims to encourage women to tap into their underlying business and entrepreneurial abilities to find self-sufficiency. SisterWorks Inc. believe that together women are stronger and can create opportunities for personal and economic growth.  SisterWorks Inc. firmly believe work empowers women.

If this sounds like something you would like to be involved with, donate to or purchase from please go to their website www.sisterworks.org.au , or contact them on (03) 9972 5039

Centre for Applied Policy in Positive Ageing (CAPPA)

Per Capita is co-designing a facility together with a group of women 50+ that will help women to strengthen their financial position and find ways to make additional income through micro-enterprise. CAPPA called the project Money For Jam after one woman, who is already helping herself, described her income generating activity as making the difference between only having butter on her toast or being able to afford jam.

Money For Jam passed a landmark a couple of weeks ago when CAPPA convened a co-design workshop with a group of women, some of which are clients of Women’s Housing Limited. The workshop follows on from thorough analysis of what women said to CAPPA during initial interviews, of what the gaps are in current services and what barriers they face. 

Through these invaluable contributions by the women CAPPA are now close to defining what the Money For Jam facility will look like and how it will help women increase their financial and emotional wellbeing. Shortly they will be testing the facility before broader roll out will commence, hopefully by the end of the year.

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.

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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