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
- 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.
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.