A Shorten Labor Government will invest $88 million over two years in a new Safe Housing program to increase transitional housing options for women and children escaping domestic and family violence and to support programs that enable women to stay safe in their own homes.
One of the most common reasons why women remain in violent relationships is the lack of housing options available if they leave.
Safe Housing projects will support women and children escaping domestic and family violence by providing:
- Funding to construct or purchase accommodation used to provide short term or transitional housing options at affordable rents with flexible bond arrangements.
- Funding for homelessness prevention initiatives which support women and children to remain safely in their own homes.
Labor’s Safe Housing program will provide funding to construct or purchase accommodation used to provide short term or transitional affordable housing options for women and children. It will support a range of housing options including single or multi‑unit developments, new builds or existing dwellings.
It will support projects which complement existing domestic and family violence services that provide ongoing support to women including access to financial counselling and legal services.
Labor’s Safe Housing program will also provide funding for initiatives that increase the safety of women and children in their own homes.
States and Territories will be able to bid for funding through a competitive process. To leverage more funding for the program, the States and Territories will be required to match the federal funding.
Community housing providers, in partnership with specialist domestic violence services, will also be able to submit an application for funding as long as the project has a valid business case which meets the objectives of the program.