Queensland’s oldest charity, The Lady Musgrave Trust, and Micah Projects have partnered together in an effort to combat domestic violence and homelessness in young women.

The Lady Musgrave Trust CEO, Karen Lyon Reid, said that the partnership will allow the Trust to expand their reach to provide accommodation and support services to more young women and their children who need the Trust’s help the most.

“Homelessness is an increasing national issue, with more than 100 women in Brisbane battling homelessness on any given night and domestic violence is a major cause of injury and homelessness to women.” Ms Lyon Reid said

“This partnership with Micah Projects means The Trust can help more young women and their families who are facing these critical homeless situations as a result of domestic violence and other factors by offering both our support and shelter to help them get back on their feet.

CEO of Micah Projects, Karyn Walsh, believes housing is the solution to homelessness, coupled with the services for those in need, and has placed her support behind the collaboration. “It is a win-win partnership for all concerned and will provide quality emergency accommodation and support for young women and their children when they are most vulnerable as we work towards a housing solution” Ms Walsh said.

Another key part of The Trust’s partnership is with the National Affordable Housing Consortium (NAHC) to manage the tenants and properties for the new service.

“This partnership demonstrates the innovation and responsiveness that the Community Sector can bring to meet the challenges and needs within our community,” said Mike Myers, the Managing Director of NAHC.

With Australia in the midst of a housing crisis, it is more important now than ever for homelessness to be combated, and The Lady Musgrave Trust will be tackling these issues at their Eighth Annual Forum on Services for Homeless Women on September 7th.

The conference will be opened by the Honourable Shannon Fentiman and this independent event will see Queensland’s leading domestic violence and homelessness organisations come together to discuss the complex challenges facing the sector.

Ms Lyon Reid said that this year’s Forum was invaluable in bringing key challenges experienced by the sector to light and provides a platform for experts to collaborate and discuss innovative solutions.

“The Forum has been growing year by year, as the need to address the issue of domestic violence and homelessness grows,” Ms Lyon Reid said.
“It is only with the collaborative efforts of like-minded organisations and individuals that we can continue to provide positive change to the lives of women and children in Brisbane.”

The Eighth Forum on Services for Homeless Women is generously sponsored by Ernst & Young and will take place on Wednesday September 7 at 8.30am at the EY conference facilities at Eagle Street, Brisbane.

The Forum agenda will focus on the links between domestic violence and homelessness and key experts from leading organisations will discuss innovative solutions that are being undertaken by the sector and government. It will also launch the 2016/17 Handy Guide for Homeless Women which provides homeless or near homeless women with vital information on where to find housing, legal advice, food and other services.

Key representatives in attendance include domestic violence expert Betty Taylor, QShelter’s Leone Crayden, Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi – Founders Orange Sky Laundry, a panel of government experts chaired by Barbara Shaw from the Office for Women and Domestic Violence Reform and a panel of industry experts from Save the Children, Ozcare, Micah Projects, Friends with Dignity and many more.

For more information, please visit https://www.ladymusgravetrust.org.au/event-2270167

About The Lady Musgrave Trust

Since its establishment in 1885, The Lady Musgrave Trust has been changing the lives of young women in need by providing essential accommodation with supporting services. TLMT has kept many young women aged between 18 and 30, and their young children from experiencing homelessness. Currently operating a block of units on the Northside of Brisbane and looking to expand their services through community support, TLMT is working tirelessly to decrease the frightening number of young women facing homelessness.

About Micah Projects Inc.

Micah Projects is a community based not-for-profit organisation with a vision to create justice and respond to injustice at the personal, social, and structural levels in church, government, business and society. Micah Projects provides a range of support and advocacy services to individuals and families.
About the National Affordable Housing Consortium
The National Affordable Housing Consortium is one of Australia’s leading Not for Profit Affordable Housing Companies having delivered over 3,500 new affordable houses since 2009.

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