25 March 2015: Women’s Health West joins homelessness organisations around the country in expressing relief at the extension of homelessness funding for two more years. The National Partnership Against Homelessness (NPAH) agreement includes a specific focus on women and children experiencing family violence.
Women’s Health West has used these funds to create innovative local programs that divert women away from homelessness. For example, in the last financial year alone, Women’s Health West used NPAH funds to:
- Provide a 24/7 crisis response that received a total of 6,209 police referrals
- Improve the safety of 85 women and 111 children by installing 187 security measures
- Provide court support to 62 women to obtain intervention orders excluding the perpetrator from the home
‘Current funding was due to expire on 30 June 2015,’ said Women’s Health West CEO Dr Robyn Gregory. ‘Without that funding each of those programs would have ended.’
WHW joined 60 homelessness organisations nationwide in urging the Commonwealth Minister for Social Services, the Hon Scott Morrison MP to commit to a four-year agreement.
‘Thankfully the Victorian Government had already pledged to its share of the funding for the next three years.
‘While this extension is more limited than our request, the news gives our staff some security – as well as the important promise of ongoing services for women and children over the weekend and in crisis.
MEDIA: Contact Nicola Harte, Communications Manager on 9689 9588 or email nicolah(at)whwest.org.au