We have been overwhelmed by the demand from women who are desperate for the relief of a safe, secure and affordable home during the crisis – and beyond.

Will you make a donation today to help us provide vital housing as soon as possible for women and children at risk of homelessness?

We are striving to deliver 20 new homes in the next year. That's 20 women and their children who won't have to worry about having a secure home during these uncertain times.

Women like Annie. Annie is a critical care nurse and a single mum to 3 year-old Maddie. After splitting with her partner, she desperately needed a home of her own but couldn't find accommodation that was both liveable and affordable.

Before she found her WPI home, Annie didn't know how she would provide a stable and positive environment for Maddie, continue working in the health sector and continue her studies in critical care, when she couldn't afford a safe home.

"I needed to find a place to settle that could provide a positive and stable environment for my daughter. I had a tough upbringing and I had to move out of home when I was very young. I always made sure I could provide for myself and it terrified me that I couldn't afford a decent home on my own. When we moved in here, I was able to take a breath. We have made it a beautiful home. I can afford the rent and focus on parenting, my work and my study. It has been a huge relief knowing that our home is stable and secure and we can move on with our lives." Said Annie

Women are at the forefront of this crisis.

Our health services are dominated by women doing chronically undervalued work. Women are over-represented in low paying and casual employment in industries that have been hardest hit by this pandemic.

Please donate now to help women who are desperate for a safe and secure place to call home and to help us continue our essential work.


Creating new beginnings for women

Women’s Property Initiatives creates new beginnings for women and children at risk of homelessness by providing permanent and affordable homes, access to support networks and ongoing advocacy.

We are a not-for-profit, community housing provider founded in 1996 to meet the housing needs of single women and single mothers and their children.  

Affordable, appropriate and secure housing is a basic human need and right. It is not being adequately provided by the public or private sectors. WPI seeks to provide permanent homes that change a woman’s future and help to break the inter-generational cycle of poverty. We can envisage a time when no Victorian woman is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

WPI believes in housing first. We know that without housing, access to support services, employment, education and productive participation in society are extremely difficult. That’s why we focus on getting women and women led families, into stable homes first, where they can address the other challenges in their lives

WPI Blog

  • A safe haven to change the future

    Kayla's WPI home was a safe haven to change her future
    Kayla and her son Jack experienced terrible violence at the hands of her ex-partner. They had to move from place to place because of his behaviour, the police were constantly being called by neighbours and he was in trouble. It reached a point where landlords wouldn’t even consider them.

    She tried to leave him many times but didn’t have a safe place to go. She thought it was better than being homeless. Relatives were sympathetic but didn’t provide an escape route.


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WPI tenants share their stories about how their lives have changed since having a place to call home