Reinstate funding and housing for the Lillian Howell Project
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Specialist Young Women's Homelessness Service Fighting for Survival!
The Lillian Howell Project is a specialist homelessness service providing medium to long term 24 hour, on-site gender specific supported housing for up to 11 young women and girls from the age of 14 to 18 years.
Lillian’s has been operating in Sydney’s Inner West since 1988. Lillian’s aim is to provide these young women, who are survivors of child sexual abuse, neglect or family violence, with a stable and non-judgemental environment.
For over 26 years, we have provided this service in a building built specifically for this purpose. On June 13 we found out our service had been unsuccessful in securing funding through the NSW Going Home Staying Home reform process.
Lillian’s offers a trauma- informed care approach that is reparative and empowering and in fact has been a pioneer in this area. Lillian’s environment allows the young women to achieve their goals of completing their education, gaining employment and progressing to independent living.
Lillian’s has long been regarded as providing a benchmark in high quality, relational- based care, providing a much needed, gender-specific, medium term to long term supported housing option for young women within the specialist homelessness sector. Over this time, we have supported many young women escaping family and domestic violence, who have experienced trauma, abuse and neglect, to heal, flourish and break the cycle of homelessness.
The loss of such a service in the Sydney area will have a devastating effect, particularly on the girls currently housed in our program, as they could potentially be placed at risk if their holistic support network of housing, case management and counselling is taken away. It is imperative that our service remains open in the long term as our service is the only one of its kind in the region.
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