Blog: housing

Seeking support with Dr Tulika Saxena and Dr Merrindahl Andrew
26 November 2020

Dr Tulika Saxena and Dr Merrindahl Andrew are among the first in our series profiling experts in violence prevention to help raise awareness towards the elimination of violence against women. This year, YWCA Canberra is participating in 16 Days of Activism by sharing stories, resources and interviews from people and organisations doing their bit to […]

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One year of Next Door: Lynette’s story
7 August 2020

For the first anniversary of our Next Door program, we wanted our client’s voices to be heard. This is Lynette’s* story. For you, the reader, to understand how amazing the Next Door Program and appreciate how amazing the staff has been to me and the many women they have helped, I need to share with you, just […]

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One year of Next Door: Wendy’s story
7 August 2020

For the first anniversary of our Next Door program, we wanted our client’s voices to be heard. This is Wendy’s* story. I was in a pretty bad situation before Next Door. I had moved to Canberra after six years of caring for my daughter with disabilities in WA. I had gotten her set up in her own […]

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One year of Next Door: Helen’s story
7 August 2020

For the first anniversary of our Next Door program, we wanted our client’s voices to be heard. This is Helen’s* story. I was pretty desperate before I encountered Next Door. I had been living with my ex-partner for around three years. It was toxic, but I didn’t have the resources to move out, either emotionally or financially. […]

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One year of Next Door: Mary’s story
7 August 2020

For the first anniversary of our Next Door program, we wanted our client’s voices to be heard. This is Mary’s* story. A few years ago, I decided to lodge an application for public housing because one by one my children are leaving Canberra for a better job: one to Melbourne, another to Sydney. My youngest also decided […]

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One year of Next Door: Cheryl’s story
7 August 2020

For the first anniversary of our Next Door program, we wanted our client’s voices to be heard. This is Cheryl’s* story. When I was referred to YWCA Canberra’s Next Door program, it’s no stretch to say it was a life-changing moment. As a homeless mature-age woman, I’d held onto the last shred of my dignity […]

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Finding silver linings Next Door
15 May 2020

With all the negative stories in our news and social media feeds, it can be hard to find positives in our current situation. But here at YWCA Canberra, changes to our work brought on by COVID-19 have helped us help even more local women. Our Next Door program helps women age 50 and over to […]

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Occupancy Agreements– Why they matter to women
30 January 2020

If you’ve ever rented privately in the Canberra housing market, chances are you’ve signed a Residential Tenancy Agreement. These agreements are a legal document outlining the rights and obligations of landlords, agents and tenants who are party to the agreement, the scope and enforcement of which is subject to the Residential Tenancies Act However, while […]

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Ending homelessness in the ACT
29 July 2019

Last week YWCA Canberra’s CEO, Frances Crimmins participated in the TEDxCanberra Salon event, “No Place Like Home”. The event focused on why the ‘home’ is integral to human security, a functioning society, and overall health and well-being. It also explored what the concept of home means to different people from different walks of life. The […]

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Hidden women in the spotlight
8 August 2018

For one week every year, in the middle of the Australian winter, the issue of homelessness and housing stress features heavily in public conversation. National Homelessness Week runs from 6-13 August and this year’s theme is ‘Ending Homelessness Together’. It is typically a week of campaigning by community stakeholders and legislators to bring attention to […]

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