Up to $50,000 is available from Grants to End Homelessness to support housing first and permanent housing solutions combined with appropriate support to help end homelessness and sustain housing.
Grants to End Homelessness
The Mercy Foundation Grants to End Homelessness are available for seeding initiatives, services, projects, advocacy and research that will contribute to the goal of ending homelessness by supporting housing first and permanent supportive housing solutions.
The Mercy Foundation acknowledges that the majority of people experiencing homelessness in Australia do not have high or complex needs. They simply need access to affordable housing and few, if any, supports may be required. However, because our focus is on chronic homelessness – it is often this group of homeless individuals and families who do have additional support needs.
Grants to End Homelessness range from $5,000 to $50,000. Recurrent funding is not offered.
Grants to End Homelessness will fund projects that focus on chronic homelessness and women who experience chronic homelessness are currently priority areas for funding.
Chronic homelessness is defined as an episode of homelessness lasting 6 months or longer or multiple episodes of homelessness over a 12 month period or more. People who experience chronic homelessness are likely to have ‘complex needs’, which usually means that they have one or more of the following:
- developmental disability
- traumatic brain injury
- serious physical health problems
- history of abuse or trauma
- mental illness
- mental disorder
- psychiatric disability
Projects that initiate and collaborate through strategic partnerships among funders, policymakers, business leaders, government, housing and service providers are well regarded.
Applicants must be able to specify measurable outcomes from the initiative. Those outcomes will need to show that the project has contributed to ending chronic homelessness or contributed substantially to increasing knowledge about the pathways into and out of homelessness – thereby increasing our understanding of how to prevent and how to end homelessness. All applications will need to outline their evaluation strategy and make clear how such outcomes will be measured.
Grants to End Homelessness applicants must be a legal entity, such as an incorporated association or company. If not, the applicant will need to be auspiced by an appropriate organisation.
Applications close 9 August 2018.
2016 – 17 Recipients
Zoe Support: Secure futures for young mothers and their babies
This initiative helps young mothers and their children access and maintain safe, affordable and appropriate private rental housing. A Housing Support Worker will liaise with real estate agents and community service organisations to help achieve stable housing for their clients and address any issues that may arise during their tenancy. Zoe Support is currently working with 70 young mothers.
Victoria Women’s Housing Association trading as Women’s Property Initiatives: Shared Equity Housing for Older Women
This is a pilot project of a shared equity home ownership scheme between Women’s Property Initiatives (WPI), a registered housing provider and individual women over 55 years of age. The project has the potential to prevent homelessness for women over 55 who are not eligible for social housing and have limited access to resources to sustain private rental housing into the future. It provides a permanent, appropriate and affordable housing ownership option for this group of women.
Mudgin-Gal Aboriginal Corporation: Mudgin-Gal Heart and Home
The aim of this project is to permanently house and support homeless Aboriginal women and their children, to help women address any issues that arise in their tenancy and to leverage cultural restoration programs and other shared knowledge and self-care programs to help women rebuild confidence. Where it is possible, women will be reconnected with family, community and culture.
Just Home: The Augusta Margaret River Housing Advocacy Project
This is a community based pilot project in the rural area of August Margaret River (AMR), WA. The project aims are to help end homelessness of local community members by engaging a Housing Advocacy Worker to assist in finding permanent housing for their clients. The worker will also provide information, referrals, advocacy and support to community members experiencing homelessness. This project has the potential to provide a model for other rural communities to address homelessness.