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Looking back at the plight of women’s refuges

By Jessica Yun. The fate of NSW women’s refuge homes were the focus of media attention this year after structural changes were announced as part of the state government’s Going Home, Staying Home (GHSH) reforms. GHSH meant many women-only services had to consider packages that did not allow women-only services to remain as such but […]

Government faces roadblocks to homelessness reform

The NSW Upper House has ordered the state government to release all documents relating to its controversial reforms to homelessness services. The reform package, called Going Home Staying Home, introduced competitive tendering to homelessness services across NSW. The tender process resulted in the takeover of all of NSW’s women’s only refuges and women’s specific services, […]

News in brief

City of Sydney Council advised against live streaming A motion to live stream all City of Sydney Council meetings was voted down by a rescission motion on Monday, August 25. The motion was originally put to Council by Liberal Councillor Edward Mandla. It was passed on its initial hearing, but Deputy Lord Mayor Robyn Kemmis […]

Glebe community rallies as Sydney’s oldest women’s refuge closes

On Friday August 29, Elsie Refuge for Women and Children in Glebe was taken over by St Vincent de Paul Society. Established in 1974 by Dr Anne Summers, Elsie was the first women’s refuge to open in Australia. Over the 40 years since it opened, Elsie has remained independently-run and has specialised in providing care […]

Concern building over future of women’s homelessness support

Community concern is continuing to build over the future of specialist women’s homelessness services under the NSW Government’s Going Home Staying Home reforms. A group called Save Our Women’s Services, which includes women’s homelessness service providers that were unsuccessful in the tender process, are working alongside MPs Linda Burney (Labor) and Alex Greenwich (Independent), to […]

Inner city services for homeless women axed

With around 20 women’s homelessness services in the inner city set to close, many are asking just where these women will go after doors shut in July. As part of the Going Home Staying Home reforms, the state government is diverting at least $5 million in funding from the inner city to regional areas. Homelessness […]