We advocate for a gender-responsive approach to housing and homelessness policy in Australia. Placing a gender lens on housing policy will more effectively address the structural disadvantages experienced by women broadly, as well as specific groups of women facing housing insecurity and unaffordability such as older women, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander women, and women who have experienced domestic and family violence.

In 2018-19, this advocacy has included the release of YWCA Australia’s 2019 Federal Election Platform with the ‘ask’ of developing a gender-responsive national housing strategy that aims to reduce homelessness and increase affordable housing stock for women. This includes:

  • Provide a catalytic investment in housing stock – 500,000 social and affordable rental homes are needed to meet demand across Australia
  • Work with states and territories to develop National Housing and Homelessness Agreements (NHHA) that are funded over a five year cycle, and that address gender and other forms of marginalisation
  • Support YWCA Australia to double the number of women who can access our safe and affordable housing options – from 363 to 726 in the first year of government
  • Fund YWCA Housing’s Pathways to Independence prevention program for women at risk of homelessness (estimated investment $120,000 p.a per location).

We also regularly engage media on issues relating to women’s homelessness and housing affordability, which you can read about in our News section.