Australia’s oldest women-only rooming house celebrates 49 years of operation

Owned and managed by YWCA, Richmond House was first opened in 1973 and is still the largest women-only rooming house in Australia. Completed in 2010, it underwent renovations to give the building a facelift, refresh the rooms and future-proof its design to fit in with the trendy Richmond area.  

Richmond House offers 69 single bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and shared kitchens, lounge and laundry facilities and outdoor community spaces in the inner suburbs of Melbourne. It’s home to low-income workers, older and disabled women, and women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. 45 per cent of our residents have experienced domestic and family violence.  

“I’ve lived at Richmond House for around 20 years now; I feel like I own the place. It gives me the security and the freedom I need. I really like the company and the friendships I’ve made. It’s home.”  

Resident at Richmond House 

YWCA Australia wishes to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands on which we work, live and play and pay our respects to Elders past and present. We recognise First Nations people as the custodians of the lands, seas and skies, with more than 60,000 years of wisdom, connection and relationship in caring for Country.

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