Back in 2016 through research, we identified a substantial group of women in Australia, with some assets that rendered them ineligible for social housing but with limited income that prevented them from accessing a mortgage or owning a home of their own. These women are often simply forced to watch as their savings are eaten up by expensive private rents.
Imagine looking at 100 rental properties and not being able to afford any of them. Or searching for work when you don’t have a secure or stable place to live. What if your children couldn’t function at school because of the stress of moving around from friend to friend, relative to relative.
These are some of the scenarios that single women and mothers face. Two out of three people seeking help for homelessness are women and there are many more who are hidden, living in highly unstable or grossly inadequate housing. Secure homes will change their future.
We provide permanent, secure and affordable homes for more than 220 women and children. WPI is excitingly close to breaking ground on six new homes in Melbourne’s south-east that will completely change the future for six more vulnerable women and their children!
We have the land and the funding for most of the construction. Now we need an extra $50,000 for this development to be completely debt free! Please make a tax-deductible donation to our Changing Futures Fund and help us reach our target. Help these families secure the homes they deserve.
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WPI tenants share their stories about how their lives have changed since having a place to call home
My youngest son has finished school and is now at university
It has given me a boost mixing with people. I don’t trust many people but I have been doing a little voluntary work.... Something I wouldn’t have done a few years ago. And I enjoy it so much.
I’m not getting any younger and to know you don’t have to move is peaceful and so less stressful. I love my house!
I have never been happier and so relaxed. Everyone at (WPI) treats you as an equal which is very important because yes, we might have had different journeys but at the end of the day we are all the same. You all speak to us NOT at us and trust me that makes a massive difference.
From what I know and seen of (WPI) they don’t judge people from what circumstances they have come from. They just want to give an opportunity to start a new fresh life and what a way to start that life!
My child was able to return to his previous school and friends and keep his pet dog.
I have made plans to start my own business...because now I can afford to spare some cash for it.
Long term affordable housing allows me to complete my studies to improve future employment prospects.
(WPI) provides an invaluable service with empathy; provided by women.
With safe, secure, stable and affordable housing, I have managed to turn my life around and now have the opportunity to live a normal life.
It is the most important thing in my life. Feeling safe, stable and secure is what keeps me going and allows me to live a normal life. Without it I wouldn’t cope and really don’t believe I could survive it again.
I would have needed up with mental health issues or my drug and alcohol abuse would have been beyond repair. I had given up the fight...(since becoming a tenant) I have never looked back and try so hard to forget where I was before (WPI).
We have great neighbours and they have become part of mine and the kid’s lives. We go on outings and enjoy each other’s company, they have become like family to us for we had no family before moving into (WPI housing).
I would have been homeless due to private rent being so high and not able to afford anything for my kids.
It is very important to me and my kids knowing we have long term housing and not having to move house to house every year.
(WPI) have been a God send to me and the kids and saved us from stress and feeling secure with the home they have given us...It was the best Christmas present we ever got after three years of stress we were going through, thank you.
If I wasn’t offered a (WPI) property I would have lost custody of my children.