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The Women's House

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A safe and supportive environment for women

The Women’s House 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.

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.

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.

Open from 8.30am to 1pm Monday to Friday, the Women’s House provides:

  • Breakfast and lunch,
  • Case management,
  • Housing assistance and support,
  • A shower and laundry facilities,
  • A place to sleep,
  • An opportunity to socialise with other women and participate in informal creative activities, and
  • A sanctuary to rest.

Please note: during the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, 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. For breakfast and lunch, we ask our clients to visit 87 Grey Street, St Kilda, for a take away meal. Click here to learn more about how we have amended our services to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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 9 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.

 
For further information or to make a referral please contact:
The Women's House
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 65 Robe St, St Kilda, from 8:30am to 1pm.  
Women only facility.
 

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0125,929Meals served through our meals program over the last year
096,000Hours contributed by our volunteers over the last year
07,012Responses at our Women’s House over the last year
Sacred Heart Mission respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which we operate our services. We pay our respects to the ongoing living cultures of Aboriginal peoples, and to Elders past, present and future.
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