YWCA has always believed that access to stable and affordable housing is a human right. We are proud of our long history of providing housing support to members of the community, and we won’t ever stop advocating for those who experience housing insecurity.
We’ve been privileged to support people like Matthew* and Daniella*, who were referred to YWCA’s Housing Support Program in Darwin in 2018.
When Daniella and Matthew first approached YWCA for help, Daniella was expecting her first child. The couple, fearful about the transient nature of their housing status, were concerned for the welfare of their soon-to-be born baby, Daniella’s physical health and their mental health as a couple.
Since joining YWCA’s Housing Support Program, the couple’s spirits have gone from hopeless to hopeful. Daniella and Matthew have been active participants in the program, attending weekly case management meetings and joining YWCA’s Parenting Support Program.
Matthew has obtained electrician qualifications which have provided him with practical skills and employment opportunities. He has also found a strong community through YWCA’s Strong Young Fathers Program, which has raised his parenting confidence greatly.
Daniella regularly attends YWCA’s Parenting Support Program playgroup, where she has formed strong relationships with other young mothers and feels more confident and supported with her health. Daniella hopes to return to study and pursue hospitality.
Now, one year on from when they first contacted YWCA, both Matthew and Daniella feel like they have a bright future ahead of them with more employment opportunities, stable and affordable housing, and a loving home environment for their child.
During the 2018-19 financial year, YWCA’s Housing Support Program has supported 29 clients, including children. In addition to this, YWCA in Darwin has also provided other activities including sharing information about sustainable living, cooking and household budgeting, as well as case management and information on sustaining tenancy. This ensures clients are fully equipped to handle the broad responsibilities that come with sustaining tenancy and ensure long-term client welfare.
*Not their real names