Photo Caption: Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton has announced that six new safe housing facilities for women and children escaping domestic violence will be built in the Western region under the Coalition Government’s $60 million Safe Places initiative.
Six new safe housing facilities for women and children escaping domestic violence will be built in the Western region under the Coalition Government’s $60 million Safe Places initiative for new and expanded emergency accommodation.
Funding of $531,503 has been awarded to CatholicCare Wilcannia-Forbes Limited for housing to assist 250 people annually, while a further $605,000 will allow Housing Plus Dubbo to support 156 people annually.
Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said he was glad to see funding secured to help people in his electorate who are escaping dangerous situations.
“Unfortunately, home is not a safe place for some people in our communities – and tragically, family and domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness for women and children,” Mr Coulton said.
“When women make the decision to leave it is vital that they have somewhere safe to go, and these new housing facilities will help that happen.
“This will not only ensure women and children have somewhere safe to sleep but will also provide access to specialist family and domestic violence services to help create real and lasting change in their lives.”
The $60 million Safe Places Emergency Accommodation program is part of the $78 million funding package which includes $18 million to continue the Keeping Women Safe in their Homes initiative.
For more information on the Safe Places Emergency Accommodation grants, visit the Community Grants Hub at www.communitygrants.gov.au/grants/safe-places-emergency-accommodation
Further details on the specific location for the housing facilities are not available due to client privacy.
|Organisation||Providing family and domestic violence (FDV) specialist services with MOU (Community partnership)||Australian Government Funding||Description||No. of people assisted each year||Estimated length of stay|
|CatholicCare Wilcannia-Forbes Limited||Applicant
Western NSW DV Linker Service (led by Barnardos)
|$531,503||Repurpose a building to provide one dwelling with six bedrooms.||250||5 nights|
|Applicant||$605,000||Build five self-contained dwellings: two one bedroom, two two-bedroom and one studio units.||156||5 weeks|