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For women escaping domestic violence.

2016 – Six brand new single bed apartments for WAYSS.

Mid 2016 we purchased six brand new single bedroom apartments for $1.7M in central Dandenong for donation to WAYSS. These properties have been made available to WAYSS clients and are all tenanted by single females, majority over fifty years of age, who have escaped family violence. Single women without children are not often prioritised into housing and often endure long periods of homelessness. Their case workers have reported that the six tenants are all enjoying their new accommodation, are proud to have somewhere to call home and their well-being has improved immensely.

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2016 – Wintringham’s Angus Martin House

Wintringham is a not-for-profit organisation providing housing, aged care and support services for elderly homeless men and women throughout Victoria.  With the support of the Peter and Lyndy White Foundation they have purchased a supporting housing site in Frankston.  The 45 bed residence is in a prime location, fully furnished and ready to be occupied by Wintringham residents.  The new site will not only provide housing and support to its residents, it will facilitate the distribution of a meal service for those who are experiencing homelessness in the community.

Wintringham have named the site after one of their clients Angus Martin (pictured), who was a war veteran, serving in the Egyptian desert in World War 2.  His injuries were such that, later in life when Bryan Lipmann, Wintringham CEO, first got to know him at Gordon House (a night shelter operating in the 80s) he was crippled by pain and could only walk using two sticks.

Angus became a great friend of Dot Lipmann.  Together with staff at Wintringham, Dot saw to it that Angus was awarded the Australian Defence Medal, a belated acknowledgement of his war effort and all it had cost him.

Angus Martin House will commence operation in early 2017.Angus Martin House

2014 – 2016 Wintringham’s Gilgunya Village

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In July 2014 the Peter and Lyndy White Foundation committed to our largest ever single grant of $7.5M to Wintringham. The grant enabled Wintringham to purchase Gilgunya Village in Coburg, an aged care facility owned by Wesley Mission Victoria. Gilgunya consists of 51 bedroom low care hostel units and 12 two-bedroom independent living units together with supporting facilities, contained in an attractively landscaped .83 hectare site.

Bryan Lipmann, Wintringham CEO, said while the grant would make Wintringham stronger, the fundamental difference was the net increase in the number of beds available to financially disadvantaged older people.

The Foundation hopes this donation will encourage other trusts and individuals to reduce our homeless problem.

WAYSS

Mid 2016 we purchased six brand new single bedroom apartments for $1.7M in central Dandenong for donation to WAYSS. These properties have been made available to WAYSS clients and are all tenanted by single females, majority over fifty years of age, who have escaped family violence. Single women without children are not often prioritised into housing and often endure long periods of homelessness. Their case workers have reported that the six tenants are all enjoying their new accommodation, are proud to have somewhere to call home and their well-being has improved immensely.

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2016 – Angus Martin House

Wintringham is a not-for-profit organisation providing housing, aged care and support services for elderly homeless men and women throughout Victoria.  With the support of the Peter and Lyndy White Foundation they have purchased a supporting housing site in Frankston.  The 45 bed residence is in a prime location, fully furnished and ready to be occupied by Wintringham residents.  The new site will not only provide housing and support to its residents, it will facilitate the distribution of a meal service for those who are experiencing homelessness in the community.

Wintringham have named the site after one of their clients Angus Martin (pictured), who was a war veteran, serving in the Egyptian desert in World War 2.  His injuries were such that, later in life when Bryan Lipmann, Wintringham CEO, first got to know him at Gordon House (a night shelter operating in the 80s) he was crippled by pain and could only walk using two sticks.

Angus became a great friend of Dot Lipmann.  Together with staff at Wintringham, Dot saw to it that Angus was awarded the Australian Defence Medal, a belated acknowledgement of his war effort and all it had cost him.

Angus Martin House will commence operation in early 2017.Angus Martin House

2013 – Housing for WAYSS

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In 2013 the Foundation donated 5 properties valued at $1.8M to WAYSS to provide housing for those at risk of homelessness. These properties have proven to be very valuable and beneficial to the families housed, majority of them being women and children escaping domestic violence.

“This program has proved to help meet a well established need to provide a high level of stability and certainty that vulnerable families escaping family violence have not otherwise been able to access.”  WAYSS CEO Mr Kim Stowe

About WAYSS: WAYSS core purpose is to assist individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to improve their life circumstances by providing access to stable, affordable and safe accommodation. WAYSS employs 133 staff who work in a range of funded services across eight locations in the local government areas of City of Greater Dandenong, City of Casey and City of Frankston and the Shire of Cardinia and the Shire of Mornington Peninsula.

 

 

2014 – 2016 Wintrinham’s Gilgunya Village

Gilgunya

In July 2014 the Peter and Lyndy White Foundation committed to our largest ever single grant of $7.5M to Wintringham. The grant enabled Wintringham to purchase Gilgunya Village in Coburg, an aged care facility owned by Wesley Mission Victoria. Gilgunya consists of 51 bedroom low care hostel units and 12 two-bedroom independent living units together with supporting facilities, contained in an attractively landscaped .83 hectare site.

Bryan Lipmann, Wintringham CEO, said while the grant would make Wintringham stronger, the fundamental difference was the net increase in the number of beds available to financially disadvantaged older people.

The Foundation hopes this donation will encourage other trusts and individuals to reduce our homeless problem.

Kids Under Cover Studio Program

Kids Under Cover supports vulnerable young people between the ages of 12 and 25 who are either already homeless or at risk of homelessness by building homes and providing scholarship and mentors.

The Kids Under Cover Studio program is a unique model, which prevents youth homelessness. Relocatable studios, specifically designed by Ortech Industries in Bendigo, are situated in the backyard of the carer’s property to accommodate one or two young people at risk of homelessness. Studios are built on, or relocated to, the carer’s property at the request of a KUC-member non-government organisation (NGO) or government departmental agency that is providing support to the young person.

The Studio provides secure and stable accommodation over the medium to long term while issues placing the young person at risk of homelessness are resolved. Once the Studio is no longer required, KUC relocates it to another young person and family in urgent need of accommodation and support.

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In the final weeks of the 2011/12 financial year the Peter and Lyndy White Foundation provided an overwhelmingly generous gift to the Kids Under Cover Studio Program. The gift was the largest ever single donation received by Kids Under Cover.

This grant from the Peter and Lyndy White Foundation enabled Kids Under Cover to provide 10 Studios over 2012/13 to young people at risk of homelessness, creating a significant impact on the largest waiting list Kids Under Cover had experienced to date.

The Foundation’s grant to Kids Under Cover funded studios in both metropolitan and regional Victoria in the following locations:
• Carlsruhe
• Heidelberg West
• Meadow Heights
• Mooroolbark
• Paynesville
• Seaford
• Sebastopol
• Stratford
• Thomson
• Wodonga

This overwhelming gift followed careful review of the efficacy and sustainability of the Studio program, particularly on the positive impact it has on young people, their family and their community. Kids Under Cover tracks the outcomes of the Studio program through an annual impact survey, and via direct communication with families and the support workers.

The long term benefits of the grant are magnified by the fact that each relocatable studio has a life of up to 20 years. Over this period, each studio can support up to 5 different young people (and their families) through our Studio relocation activities.

For more information about the Studio Program please visit
http://www.kuc.org.au/what-wedo/studio-program

Berry St’s Whitehouse

The Whitehouse can accommodate up to 8 young people at any one time, aged between 16 – 25 years, who are either homeless or at risk of being homeless. We have been proactive in seeking referrals for young people who have left the out of home care system and, therefore, they make up the majority of the residents at the property. Actively seeking referrals from this group was made with the knowledge that the rate of homelessness amongst these very vulnerable young people is high.  The options within the community for them to obtain suitable housing are very limited and often difficult to sustain.

The care system exits all young people before or at age 18, which is young to leave home by our current community standards. Added to this is the reality that most young people come to care having experienced some form of trauma and abuse that inevitably impacts on their development and subsequent ability to make their way in the world.

berrystAt the Whitehouse we are able to take advantage of the fact that we can offer our residents not only the critical stability of a ‘roof over their head’, but also support to work on other aspects of their life that increases their chances of success when they leave us. The support is provided from both a paid caseworker and a volunteer live in mentor who assists in many ways, including maintaining employment and training and connection to family, friends and community. We also recognise that working on these goals takes time so young people are able to stay at the property for up to two years to give them ample opportunity to achieve them.

What we have confirmed since our first resident moved in about 18 months ago is that this important combination of stability of housing and support really works. It has been encouraging to see how actively the residents have sought advice from both the case worker and mentor. The combination of increased independence and having someone to fall back on if needed, are proving to be the right combination for them. With support and guidance, the young people are also learning to negotiate the ups and downs of shared living and it has also been wonderful to see the relationships they have formed with each other.

Our first resident moved out six months ago and is doing well. As often happens with young people who have been in care, she has returned home to family. When she left care at 18, she was not yet ready to do this. However, the maturity and independence she gained whilst living at the Whitehouse have given her the confidence to negotiate the ‘post care’ and more adult relationships with her birth family. Whilst this may not be the outcome for all our residents, we are confident that they are all making the most of the opportunity.

None of this would have been possible without the truly wonderful gift from the Peter and Lyndy White Foundation.

Kerry Antonucci
Senior Manager Youth Services, Berry Street