Helping women experiencing homelessness rebuild their lives

YWCA Australia

Supported beneficiary groups within Women & Girls
Age Demographic
Adults - aged 25 to under 65
Project Focus
Project Area
ACT | NSW | NT | QLD | SA | TAS | VIC | WA

Project Description

Every person that enters into YWCA Australia’s service delivery programs is given client focused case management support. Our support response to each person is different to ensure they receive support that meets their needs, addresses their challenges and difficulties, promoting recovery and an end to homelessness. We provide over $500,000 worth of brokerage services to our clients each year. With increased demand, we need to raise at least $50,000 by the end of the year to help us support more women requiring our services. In order to assist somebody to find affordable, safe, long-term accommodation and a home, it may be necessary to provide brokerage supports such as:

  • Crisis accommodation
  • Help paying rent and bond
  • Paying for removalists and set-up costs
  • Assisting with the replacement of birth certificates, other ID and documentation
  • Providing a mobile phone and clothing
  • Long term support to access education and training
  • Security upgrades to promote safety


All of this empowers women experiencing homelessness, many because of family and domestic violence, to make their house a home and rebuild their lives. Homelessness is one of the most shocking examples of disadvantage and social exclusion in Australia, and “can profoundly affect a person’s mental and physical health, their education and employment opportunities, and their ability to fully participate in society” (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2020).

Expected Outcomes

Through our long history of providing housing support and brokerage services we know that receiving additional funding would allow us to deliver on our clients short term and long term needs.

Immediate brokerage needs:

  • Crisis accommodation
  • Replacement of birth certificates and other official ID and documentation
  • Bedding, whitegoods and groceries
  • Mobile phone

Long-term value added brokerage needs:

  • Special interest courses and skills development such as financial education, vocational training, first aid training, socials skills development
  • Clothing, fans and heaters
  • Medications, first aid kits, first aid courses
  • Gym memberships to address health and well-being needs and build social support networks

Project Data & Lessons

We will be able to provide detailed reporting on the impact of your donation/s at the end of FY22, including an anonymised case study which you may share with your stakeholders. Data will be collected through:

  • Regular case work with each client
  • Ad hoc client statements
  • Tracking of brokerage expenses

Project Dates

Project Commences: November 10, 2021
Project Completes: December 31, 2021

Funding Details

Funding Needed
Current Funding
Total Project Costs
Approved Tax Deductability Status
Approved Tax Concession Charity
Other Funding Sources
Public fundraising page
Other Support Opportunities
In-kind contributions

Organisation Details

YWCA Australia
ABN: 74 111 663 873


Rebecca Grant
Phone: 02 9285 6296

About YWCA Australia

YWCA Australia is an evolving intersectional feminist organisation focused on improving gender equality for young women, women and people of marginalised genders. We have made young women’s leadership and women’s housing our priority. We know that housing is a feminist issue. Young women, women and people of marginalised genders need homes to be safe, happy, healthy and secure. Young women, women and people of marginalised genders disproportionately experience housing stress and instability, challenges accessing safe and affordable housing, the impacts of family and domestic violence, and the risks of homelessness. Our housing services support young women and women to access safe and secure housing and to stay housed with no return to homelessness. Through our programs we provide safe spaces and support structures to help young women develop their leadership capacity, including those with lived experience of housing insecurity and homelessness. Our programs support young women to grow as role models and community leaders and into independent, financially secure women.

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