Pathways to Independence (End Older Women’s Homelessness)
Pathways to Independence (End Older Women’s Homelessness)
Pathways to Independence (End Older Women’s Homelessness)
Pathways to Independence (End Older Women’s Homelessness)
Pathways to Independence (End Older Women’s Homelessness)
Pathways to Independence (End Older Women’s Homelessness)
Pathways to Independence (End Older Women’s Homelessness)
Pathways to Independence (End Older Women’s Homelessness)
Pathways to Independence (End Older Women’s Homelessness)
Pathways to Independence (End Older Women’s Homelessness)
Pathways to Independence (End Older Women’s Homelessness)
Pathways to Independence (End Older Women’s Homelessness)
Pathways to Independence (End Older Women’s Homelessness)
Pathways to Independence (End Older Women’s Homelessness)
Pathways to Independence (End Older Women’s Homelessness)
Pathways to Independence (End Older Women’s Homelessness)
Pathways to Independence (End Older Women’s Homelessness)
Pathways to Independence (End Older Women’s Homelessness)

Pathways to Independence (End Older Women’s Homelessness)

YWCA Australia

Supported beneficiary groups within Women & Girls
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people | Financially disadvantaged people | Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex persons | Migrants, refugees or asylum seekers | People at risk of homelessness/ people experiencing homelessness | People from a culturally and linguistically diverse background | People in rural/regional/remote communities | Unemployed persons | Victims of crime (including family violence)
Age Demographic
Adults - aged 65 and over
Project Focus
Community development | Human rights
Project Area
Australia
NSW
Rural/Regional

Project Description

Pathways to Independence is a unique program helping older women to access safe homes. We focus on empowering them with a wide range of client-centred supports. Our Pathways to Independence service supports unaccompanied women over the age of 50. Its focus is on helping those experiencing homelessness or unstable or unsafe accommodation. This targeted, flexible outreach program aids each woman to return to independent living in a place of safety. We assist them to obtain and sustain safe and affordable accommodation and alleviate housing stress. We also connect them to services and other networks in their communities. Our vital program contributes to positive life outcomes and prevents older women from becoming entrenched in the vicious cycle of homelessness.  Many of the women we help as part of the Pathways to Independence program are often experiencing homelessness for the first-time following a relationship breakdown, the death of an income-earning partner, or domestic and family violence. Other contributing factors can include job loss or unstable employment. Women make up the majority of people accessing housing support systems and approaching specialist homelessness services such as family violence services. These systems and services can be confusing for people who have never used them before.

Expected Outcomes

In recent years, there has been a sharp increase in the number of older women experiencing homelessness. Their inexperience navigating the difficult welfare system is coupled with a shocking lack of affordable housing. Despite going through a uniquely scary time, only 10 per cent of services specifically cater to women in the 50+ age group. Through outreach, holistic case management, skills workshops and rehousing services, older women feel supported in building strategies and resilience to feel safe and secure. We have an amazing opportunity for you to make a genuine difference to the lives of older women experiencing homelessness. Can you can help us raise the $25,000 needed to run the program for three months?

Project Data & Lessons

We are sharing the running donation tally on our fundraising page ( https://ywca-eofy21.raisely.com/ ) and will be sending an email in July to all donors showing the impact of the total donations received.

Pathways to Independence is a unique program helping older women to access safe homes. We focus on empowering them with a wide range of client-centred supports. Our Pathways to Independence service supports unaccompanied women over the age of 50. Its focus is on helping those experiencing homelessness or unstable or unsafe accommodation. This targeted, flexible outreach program aids each woman to return to independent living in a place of safety. We assist them to obtain and sustain safe and affordable accommodation and alleviate housing stress. We also connect them to services and other networks in their communities. Our vital program contributes to positive life outcomes and prevents older women from becoming entrenched in the vicious cycle of homelessness.  Many of the women we help as part of the Pathways to Independence program are often experiencing homelessness for the first-time following a relationship breakdown, the death of an income-earning partner, or domestic and family violence. Other contributing factors can include job loss or unstable employment. Women make up the majority of people accessing housing support systems and approaching specialist homelessness services such as family violence services. These systems and services can be confusing for people who have never used them before.

Project Dates

Project Commences – May 1, 2021
Project Completes – June 30, 2021

Funding Details

$19,901
Funding Needed
$5,099
Current Funding
$25,000
Total Project Costs
0
Approved Deductible Gift Recipient
Approved Tax Concession Charity
Other Funding Sources
Public fundraising page
Other Support Opportunities
In-kind contributions, Pro bono services

Organisation Details

YWCA Australia
ABN: 74 111 663 873

Contact Details

Rebecca Grant
phone: (02) 9285 6296

About YWCA Australia

YWCA Australia is an evolving intersectional feminist organisation focused on working towards a future where gender equality is a reality. To achieve our vision, we are making young women’s leadership and women’s housing our priority for gender equity in Australia.