Pathways Home

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About Pathways Home

The Payce Foundation, Women’s Community Shelters, and Bridge Housing are the founding partners of the Pathways Home project, a meanwhile use housing collaboration that seeks to create 100,000 bed nights over three years where women and their children can live free from domestic and family violence.  Women and their children who flee domestic and family violence need help to end their homelessness once their initial needs have been addressed by our skilled community workers.  Access to secure and affordable housing is a critical component to end their homelessness and provide opportunities to live a life free from violence.

What is meanwhile use housing?

The term meanwhile use originates from the UK where it was used to describe vacant land and building that could be used for commercial use or cultural and community development purposes. For Pathways Home, meanwhile use housing describes residential property that is land banked during a development cycle.  It is made available for the provision of exit housing for women and their children who are clients of Women’s Community Shelters and who need an exit point from our shelters.

Why partners are involved

Each partner brings their specific expertise to support a comprehensive and responsive collaboration. 

  • Women’s Community Shelters: works directly with women and their children experiencing domestic and family violence and has extensive expertise in working in partnership with other services. 
  • Community Housing Providers: skilled tenancy and property management services with expertise in supporting individuals achieve sustainable housing solutions.
  • Developers: unused property resources that provide significant opportunities for vulnerable people to be safely housed.

Domestic & Family Violence and Homelessness

  • Domestic and family violence is the leading cause of homelessness for women and their children.
  • In 2017-2018, 42% of people assisted by homelessness services had experienced domestic and family violence.
  • Access to safe, affordable housing is critical as Women’s Community Shelters works with clients to assist them to re-establish lives after fleeing to seek safety.
  • Australia’s housing system is broken with 2 in 5 people in rental stress even after receiving Commonwealth Rent Assistance.
  • The number of people homeless has increased by 14% in four years.
  • The impact of domestic and family violence can be serious and long lasting, affecting an individual’s health, wellbeing, education, relationships and housing outcomes.  Costs to the community are substantial and estimated to be at least $22 billion in 2015 – 16.[1]
[1] KPMG 2016. The cost of violence against women and their children in Australia. Sydney: Department of Social Services.

Vision

Increase the amount of accessible, affordable, safe and secure housing for women and their children.

Purpose

To maximise the use of underutilized properties and develop creative housing solutions for women & their children through partnership between property developers and owners, women’s homelessness services and community housing providers

Who We Are

The founding partners of Pathways Home are Payce Foundation, Women’s Community Shelters & Bridge Housing.

Our Unique Proposition

We link organisations & build capacity to garner their expertise to maximise use of underutilised housing resources.

Our Role

To build effective collaboration between the private & community sectors to deliver housing solutions using underutilised properties.

Our Commitment

We are committed to building collaborative partnerships that create positive social change for survivors of domestic & family violence.

Develop creative housing opportunities in under-utilised properties

Delivering more housing

Collaborate to deliver housing in under-utilised properties & other innovative housing models

Under-utilised properties are routinely used to create housing solutions

Building the platform

Advocate to establish a range of approaches to maximise use of under-utilised housing

Partners supported to become change leaders in domestic & family violence

Changing the culture

Support organisations to build capacity to prevent domestic & family violence

Success Looks Like

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  • 100,000 safe bed nights
  • 5 partners providing properties
  • 15 properties available for clients of Women’s Community Shelters
  • 20 women & their children establish long-term secure tenancies after a period in exit housing
  • 20 women move from occupancy agreements to tenancy agreements

 

  • Meanwhile use housing policy position developed & endorsed by foundation partners & the Property Council
  • Pathways Home governance resources are developed
  • Advocacy undertaken regarding the need to change planning regulations as they impact meanwhile use housing opportunities
  • Better use of under-utilised housing becomes normal practice
  • Education program developed & offered to partners
  • Property developers supported to be social change makers
  • Opportunities to support local Women’s Community Shelters developed
  • Awareness is raised regarding gender inequality & its impact on community

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Contact Us

Ask us a question.

(02) 1234 5678

1234 Main Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000

info@pathways.com.au

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