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