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The development of Lady Heydon House is the initial phase of YWCA Canberra’s Affordable Housing Program, and provides safe, affordable housing for five single older women. Each woman has her own bedroom, sitting room, ensuite and kitchenette, and shares a larger kitchen, dining room and two living spaces.
Lady Heydon House is named after Naomi Heydon, past President and significant contributor to YWCA Canberra in the 1960s and ‘70s. Originally named Heydon Cottage, this site was set up to develop a sense of community in what was one of Canberra’s new suburbs at the time.
‘Lady Heydon House signifies your response to the plight of women who are at serious risk due to intermittent work patterns, low levels of superannuation and lower incomes, fragile, or ono-existent financial stability… Lady Heydon House will mean a haven, a roof, dignity, security, privacy, a space, time to reflect, to gain strength and purpose, to plan a future. Most of us couldn’t imagine what it would be like to be without those things… What they need is this – what we see here.’
Dame Quentin Bryce AC CVO, former Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia
P: 02 6185 2000
We provide two tenancies to women within the Eclipse Apartments. Each tenancy is a one bedroom self contained apartment within a larger apartment complex. The complex offers shared facilities, including a BBQ area and guest parking.
These apartments were purchased in 2013 through the National Rental Affordability Scheme.
Named after an avid campaigner for women’s rights and social justice in the ACT, Betty Searle House was officially opened on 30 March 2004 and provides safe, affordable housing for up to eight women aged over 55 years who have experienced family breakdown and who are unable to live independently.
Betty Searle is an eight bedroom property with three separate, spacious living areas and a bedroom and ensuite for each tenant. Women share the two adjoining kitchen areas, laundry, living areas and a sunroom leading out to the gardens and they able to have their own vegetable garden plot if they wish.
There is a private courtyard and back deck area where women can also enjoy the outdoors. Women are welcome to invite guests to stay overnight in the ninth bedroom which has been set up as a guest room with access to a bathroom and toilet. Women have access to lockable storage rooms and sheds on-site.
YWCA Canberra took over management over Betty Searle House on 1 July 2014.
‘Betty Searle dedicated her life to improving the lives of others and up until her passing in July 2003, worked to improve the status and welfare of older women by encouraging them to participate in community affairs and the pursuit of social justice. Betty was a truly remarkable woman and her memory continues to inspire us today through the wonderful work of Betty’s Place.’
Katy Gallagher, former Chief Minister of the ACT
P: 02 6185 2000