Can you help us build a home to shelter a young mum and her children? Make a tax-deductible donation this EOFY and give the gift of safety to a homeless young mum. You’ll be supporting the next generation to escape the cycle of homelessness and disadvantage.
With the opening of Haven House North Balgowlah, the Property Industry Foundation, in partnership with the building and construction industry and other vital donors, has built 105 bedrooms for at risk young people. This means in the next 12 months, these bedrooms will provide at least 38,325 nights of restful sleep, away from fear, violence and insecurity.
Family and domestic violence is the primary reason women and children seek specialist homelessness services, but only 3.2% are currently receiving the long-term housing solutions they need.
Most homeless shelters or other crisis accommodations simply aren’t built for young mums with babies or active small children, which can lead to family separation. The Property Industry Foundation understands vulnerable young mums need space and support to recover and reconnect.
This is why we built Haven House Ruth, a safe and welcoming three-bedroom home on the Sunshine Coast, tailored to holistic domestic violence recovery. The home is currently being run by our charity partners at The Salvation Army.
Newly opened Haven House Balgowlah provides a home to a young mum and her newborn to move in and start their life with the support of the Burdekin Association. The Association’s innovative and industry-leading support practices will help guide a disadvantaged parent into greater independence and stability. This house stood derelict and empty for years, but was transformed into light, bright and welcoming two-bedroom home, with thanks to our building partners, donations and fundraising efforts.
Haven Projects in our pipeline include Haven House South East Melbourne a refurbishment and extension of a home for the Young Women’s Freedom Project, run by The Lighthouse Foundation. This home is the first Australian refuge for young women and girls (including under-18s) who are escaping early/forced marriage. Wraparound support is offered so these young women can overcome trauma and rebuild their lives and relationships.
Haven House Shepparton (The Nest) is a partnership with Women’s Property Initiatives and The Bridge Youth Services to build 3 x two-bedroom homes where young mums (up to 25 years) can live independently with their child or children. The families can live up to five years at The Nest, with the support of The Bridge Youth Services and their community.
All these homes lay the foundation for a better future for young women and their children at this critical time of their lives, when they should be gaining greater independence, exploring further education, training and employment options, and establishing long-term relationships.
Your EOFY donation supports the Property Industry Foundation and their charity partners to step in and offer a safe home and wraparound support to homeless mums who are falling behind.