Haven; Home, Safe is partnering with the Women’s Property Initiatives to house 41 Victorian women and their children escaping family violence across the Greater Bendigo, Greater Geelong and Mallee regions and selected outer Melbourne suburbs.

The partnership was one of several successful funding submissions to the State Government’s Rapid Housing Assistance Fund to increase and improve access to safe, secure and affordable housing, which was announced in August.

The multi-million dollar fund was established following the Royal Commission into Family Violence which identified there were limited appropriate, long-term housing options for women and their children exiting crisis or transitional housing properties.

The partners have identified a number of properties for immediate purchase, construction, and lease in the areas of greatest need and is working with several specialist family violence support agencies to provide case management services.

The partnership’s collaboration with support agencies, comprehensive coverage across the state, and combined commitment to ensuring the optimum outcomes for women and children was the key to the funding submission’s success.