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New program to provide transitional housing for homeless women

Photo: Minister Goward, Bridge Housing CEO John Nicolades, Payce Director Dominic Sullivan and WHC CEO Annabelle Daniel
Photo: Minister Goward, Bridge Housing CEO John Nicolades, Payce Director Dominic Sullivan and WHC CEO Annabelle Daniel

Women experiencing homelessness in NSW will be provided transitional housing in properties designated for redevelopment, under a new initiative announced on Tuesday.

Community housing provider Bridge Housing has partnered with Sydney property developer Payce Consolidated and Women’s Community Shelters to provide temporary homes for women and their children escaping family violence, under an initiative called “Pathways Home”.

“While transitional housing is only ever intended as a temporary solution, it will put a secure roof over the heads of women and their children while they get their lives back on track,” Bridge Housing chief executive John Nicolades said.

“It also uses underutilised properties in a city with a severe housing shortage, at no cost to government.”

Five existing properties have been earmarked for the initiative as a starting point, with other sites subject to negotiation. The properties will be available for up to three years, Mr Nicolades said.

Payce has plans for a $100 million urban renewal project at the location in north-western Sydney, which will add 5000 new apartments.

Mr Nicolades told The Fifth Estate he hoped to work with Payce so that “Pathways Home” could be used on other sites for redevelopment going forward, but ultimately he wants to see other developers follow Payce’s lead and identify similar types of initiatives within their own portfolios.

“We hope our project is the start of a broader trend of not-for-profit organisations working in partnership with the property development industry to find innovative solutions to our common supply and affordability issues,” Mr Nicolades said.

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