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The Women's House

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A safe and supportive environment for women

The Women’s House in St Kilda, Victoria is a welcoming, safe and supportive engagement hub tailored to the needs of all women (trans and cis) who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless.

We strongly welcome Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander women to our space. The Women's House recognises that a gender-specific response is needed to address homelessness.

Sacred Heart Mission will be prioritising all support and housing vacancies to people in emergency accommodation (hotels/motels) due to COVID-19 until further notice, as per DHHS COVID-19 Homelessness Guidelines.

Our services for women (trans and cis)

Women who access the house may be socially isolated, in crisis or experiencing housing difficulties due to a range of reasons, including family violence, poverty, sexual violence, physical and mental illness, trauma and problematic drug and alcohol use.

Open from 8.30am to 11am Monday to Friday, the Women’s House provides:

  • Duty response,
  • Housing assistance and support, and
  • Basic material aid.

Please note: During the coronavirus pandemic, we are still offering crisis and housing support at our regular service hours. Drop in access, showers, laundry and the sleep room are temporarily closed.

Free take-away meals are provided from 10am to 1pm at 87 Grey Street, St Kilda.

Click here to learn more about our COVID-19 response

We work with women to improve their life situation

The Women’s House case management service offers short to medium term support, which aims to resolve housing issues and establish access to health and other support needs. Case managers support women to resolve immediate crisis issues and work with them to build their capacity to secure and sustain appropriate stable housing, and gain an overall improvement in their life situation.

The Women’s House also offers structured wellbeing and personal skills development group activities two to three afternoons every week. Activities include an art therapy program supported by the City of Port Phillip, yoga and social inclusion, legal support and health promotion sessions.

Over 100 women visit each month, with about 24 per cent being refugees or recent arrivals. Many women visit multiple times and sometimes with children. 500+ presentations monthly are typical.

Workers from other services are welcome to come and introduce women to our service in person. For case management, women can drop in between 8.30 and 11am to see our duty worker. Workers can also make a referral by giving us a call or sending through an IAP or pdf referral form (196 KB) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please note, we preference case management for women with connections to the local area.

How we support women in our community

Watch this video to learn more about how we work with women such as *Nat to rebuild their lives after a crisis:

Contact the Women's House

For further information or to make a referral please contact:

The Women's House

10 Inkerman Street, St Kilda VIC 3182
(temporarily relocated from 65 Robe St, St Kilda)
T:  (03) 9536 8464
E:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or drop in weekdays to 10 Inkerman Street, St Kilda, from 8:30am to 11am.  

Women only facility

How women changed their lives with our support

Read on to learn from from our clients how the Women's House made a life-changing difference in their lives:

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0136,596Meals served through our meals program over the last year
069,269Hours contributed by our volunteers over the last year
05,740Responses at our Women’s House over the last year
Sacred Heart Mission acknowledges the traditional Aboriginal owners of country throughout Victoria and pays respects to them, their culture and their elders past, present and emerging.

 

Sacred Heart Mission has always aimed to be a place that embraces a sexuality and gender diverse community; everyone is welcome at our table and we believe a diverse community is good for everyone.