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Pathways to Independence

YWCA Victoria and YWCA NSW have recently been funded by the Ian Potter Foundation and John T Reid Charitable Trust to provide Housing Information and Referral services for the next three years to older women (50+ years) to prevent homelessness.

Since our very beginnings in the 1800s, YWCA Victoria has focused on providing safe harbour for women and our brand is therefore one referral pathway. Women see YWCA Victoria as a women’s organisation that is able to support them in a time of need.

Our firsthand insight comes from many years working in the housing and homelessness sector in Victoria through its subsidiary company, YWCA Housing.

YWCA Housing is a registered community housing provider and is one of the largest, medium to long term housing providers for women.

YWCA Victoria monitors trends, changes in ages, demographics and patterns of engagement with our services and has witnessed a growing trend of older women approaching us for support.

The Pathways to Independence program has allowed YWCA Victoria to employ a Coordinator to work with this cohort of women group providing holistic case management support to women, who are at risk of homelessness through appropriate referrals to services such as:

  • financial advisory
  • health,
  • mental health, and
  • drug & alcohol services,
  • domestic violence counselling services,
  • life skill programs,
  • accredited/vocational training,
  • employment agencies,
  • government and social service agencies,
  • Community groups, social and sporting organisations.

For more information and to access the program please contact:

YWCA Housing Team

E: [email protected]

P: 03 8341 8700