Blog: housing

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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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Meet a Candidate: Leigh Watson
3 August 2016

With the ACT election looming,  we are meeting the women candidates standing for election for the ACT Legislative Assembly, to learn a bit more about them and their priorities for the community. This week, meet Leigh Watson, Independent Candidate for Ginninderra.  Tell us a bit about yourself  I am married with two teenage children and have lived […]

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Housing Support Unit: “Housing is just the beginning of what we do”
18 May 2016

Providing housing for women is in the DNA of the YWCA movement. YWCA Canberra has been offering different forms of accommodation to women since the 1940’s. Over the years our housing services have evolved to meet the changing needs of local women and their families, but our commitment to providing it has remained strong throughout. Due […]

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