YWCA’s newest housing development opens in Bendigo

We are excited to share our most recent development project, Bendigo Affordable Housing.

It was completed in early June 2021 and has already provided 6 women and their families with a home. The five three-bedroom townhouses were architecturally designed by DKO Architecture and built by renowned builder GJ Gardner Homes. The properties were offered to women at below-market rates to give women and their families, including those who have experienced family and domestic violence, an opportunity to secure a safe affordable home.  

According to the latest rental report from the Department of Health and Human Services, rents in regional Victoria have increased by 9.3 per cent in the last twelve months, putting women and their families in the Greater Bendigo Region under increased stress. In an area with a competitive property market, rising rents are making it difficult for women on low incomes to make ends meet or find suitable housing, and we are so pleased our development has a small impact on relieving this pressure.   

One of the development’s residents, Gretel, struggled to find a rental property in Bendigo.   

“I’d applied for a number of places and kept getting turned down. As a young woman and casual worker, it was hard to find somewhere within my budget that would take me. If I hadn’t gotten this place I’d probably be relying on family for a couch or spare room,” she said. 

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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