Pilot program to provide housing for women escaping violence

A new pilot program in Blacktown and Penrith will provide medium-term housing for women and children escaping domestic violence.

Evolve Housing has launched the Safe Foundations program to not only provide subsidised housing while families exit crisis accommodation, but also help women stabilise their lives with employment and training.

Kick starter packs with household essentials, education grants and no-interest loans for white goods are all part of an initiative which aims to help victims become independent within three years.

The Blacktown and Penrith council areas were chosen for the pilot as they have the state’s highest levels of domestic violence, according to NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research data.

 Women’s Community Shelters chief executive Annabelle Daniel. The two organisations are working together to deliver the program. Picture: Gene Ramirez.

Evolve Housing chief executive Andrea Galloway said the “growing and major issue” was the largest contributor to 50,000 women being homeless every night.

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