New door opens for older women facing homelessness in Canberra

YWCA Canberra has launched "Next Door", a new wrap-around support service to help older women at risk of homelessness navigate a path back to secure housing. As part of a $1.9 million grant from the ACT government over the next four years, the program will offer case management and guidance to women over 50 - from organising interest-free bond loans to sourcing donated washing machines for moving day. While the money will not fund any additional supported housing places, the organisation would work with Housing ACT as well as its own pool of four properties available to older women to search for suitable vacancies.