We need help to help break the cycle of homelessness for vulnerable women and their babies.
The Women’s, Launch Housing and HousingFirst have collaborated to develop the Cornelia Program – an Australian-first initiative that aims to break the cycle of homelessness and support pregnant women and new mothers to develop a lasting bond with their babies.
This housing, healthcare and social support program will provide:
• Access to transitional/temporary accommodation for pregnant women and new mothers for a period of up to 12 months;
• Access to maternity, neonatal, sexual, reproductive and specialist women’s health services for tenants;
• Care coordination services to support women to access other health and psychosocial programs;
• Support for tenants to access long-term housing and ongoing care coordination services.
Thanks to philanthropic and government partners, women and babies will begin moving in into 36 purpose-built apartments in the second half of this year. We seek funding to provide support to our women to help them onto a successful and sustainable path. Specifically we require funding to enable the purchase of furniture, furnishings and essential items for babies who will reside in the 36 units – e.g. Pepi-Pods for safe sleeping and other child safety equipment, cots, sheets, blankest change table, bottles and a pram. Valued at $30,600 per year. We have secured funding for the first year and seek funds for another two years.