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Help Us Find Some Homes!

YWCA Housing is about to undertake an exciting and innovative housing development Pilot project and is seeking assistance from the membership in locating a residential property to purchase for development.  By helping you will be supporting YWCA Housing’s mission to provide women with access to sustained and sustainable homes.

Do you know of a house with a large backyard within 15km of the Melbourne CBD that is within walking distance to a train station and is currently for sale?

Do you know of any female tradespeople, female building consultants or female contractors/builders who might be interested in working with YWCA Housing?

Do you know of anyone who is looking to purchase a new or renovated dwelling and might wish to be kept informed about YWCA Housing’s pilot housing project?

If so, please read on...

YWCA Housing is looking to purchase a house with a large backyard, ideally located on a corner or with vehicular access from a rear or side laneway.  We plan to renovate the house we purchase and to construct two new compact dwellings in the rear yard.  As a not-for-profit organisation, YWCA Housing will redirect all profit from the sale of the dwellings we develop towards growing our affordable housing stock for women and children at risk of homelessness.

By undertaking this kind of infill housing development, YWCA Housing will build our capacity to target emerging challenges in housing for women such as ageing-in-place, downsizing, single-person dwellings, multi-generational households, co-housing and housing for people with disability.  For instance, YWCA Housing would like to assist older women who might like to downsize and remain in their community. 

Do you live near a property that is currently for sale that you think has potential?  If so, we’d love to hear about it.   YWCA Housing is willing to pay a finder’s fee of $100 to the person who is able to connect us to the property that we purchase for our pilot development. 

Here’s the challenge:

The property boundary should be around 15m-16m in width and 38m-43m in length; and

The property needs to be within walking distance of a train station, public transport, services, schools and shops; ideally, located close to open parkland, playgrounds or similar. 

The price of the property will need to be assessed by our team on a case by case basis based on development merit. 

The Pilot will showcase women’s participation and innovation in financing and policy as well as design and construction.  

The Pilot will act as a ‘display suite’ for future development activity

The Pilot will deliver infill housing with a commitment to housing density and diversity, more flexible and adaptable space standards, imaginative design, quality fittings, fixtures and finishes, innovative construction solutions, clean energy living, low maintenance and low operational costs that will set YWCA Housing’s product apart from alternative offerings from the development sector.

Please contact development@ywca.net