In the midst of our housing crisis, two out of every three people seeking help for homelessness are women. We know there are many more who are the hidden homeless, living in highly unstable or grossly inadequate housing. For many of them, a safe and secure home to spend the holidays in would be a dream come true, but it's sadly out of reach.
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.
Recently we said goodbye to Melanie who completed her university work placement with us. It was great to have her, and she did some fantastic work. She had some nice things to say about us too!
I’ve worked at WPI in the Tenancy & Property team for about six years.
What motivates me about the work I do is seeing how happy the women and children are when they get housed. Going into a property and seeing it turned into a home.
We were thrilled to celebrate 21 years of operation this year and to honour the occasion we had a party! Held in the atmospheric Chapter House, the venue was generously donated by Alpha 60 and was a beautiful space to invite friends, family and supporters along for a night of celebration and gratitude.
The evening was hosted by the legendary Denise Scott who had the crowd laughing from start to finish. We were also happy to have Dan from Open Canvas https://www.opencanvas.com.au/ along on the night representing some incredible artists, who themselves are facing disadvantage. The art was indeed well received, and almost everything was snapped up by guests.
The night was made possible by some generous donations which made the night extra special and helped fundraise for our Changing Futures Project - we are deeply grateful for the support. Here's to another 21 years.
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WPI's social enterprise, Property Initiatives Real Estate (PIRE), featured at Social Traders Generosity Forum 2017 - here WPI/PIRE CEO Jeanette Large and Natalie Elliott from William Buckland Foundation discuss the journey from proposal to funding, and the partnership with philianthropy via non-traditional grant making, to create more sustainable social impact.Read article