One Year Anniversary of our Lakehouse pop-up!

Women over 50 are the fastest growing group of people experiencing housing instability in Australia – often as a result of pay inequity, little to no superannuation or savings, divorce, domestic and family violence and taking time doing unpaid care work.

To combat this growing inequity for women, YWCA worked with our partners to create Lakehouse – a “pop up” housing project that gives us the capacity to keep nearly 40 older women safe, warm and supported at any one time. Learn more about Lakehouse.

In one year Lakehouse has:

  • Housed over 50 women, 50% of whom have experienced domestic or family violence
  • Won a Powerhousing Australia award in the category of Leadership and Innovation
  • Enabled the majority of women leaving Lakehouse to move into public housing or the private rental market

Lakehouse would not be possible without the support of our wonderful partners who helped transform Lakehouse into a home: MetriconResidential GroupDezign ElectricsReeceAdes Dingley PlumbingTwo GoodTonner TransportKitchen InnovationsAll Over BinsBunnings Port MelbournePrime GroupSilver ChefMilton GroupSigma, CaspacareCity of Port PhillipLord Mayors Charitable FoundationRotary – South Melbourne and DHHS.

YWCA would particularly like to thank Rob Pradolin from Housing All Australians for his ongoing support and his innovative solutions to homelessness.

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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