We are delighted to publish the Women in Safe Homes fund’s second Social Impact Report which highlights the progress the fund is making in relation to women accessing its homes, its housing partners and wider systemic change during its second year (April 2021 to March 2022).
Key milestones this year include:
Sadly, during this reporting period the UK’s housing crisis continued to worsen, exasperated by the pandemic, along with the circumstances and experiences that leave women at risk of homelessness. This includes women experiencing domestic abuse and leaving the criminal justice without a safe place to go to, two of the leading causes of women’s homelessness. For women experiencing either – or both – a safe women-only space to call home alongside specialist support services to help them recover from abusive or challenging circumstances, is key in tackling the UK’s gendered housing crisis.
Having started to house a small number of women and their children during this reporting period, we are delighted that in this report we have included the stories of three of the first women to be housed by the fund, Farhana, Selima and Kim.
The different circumstances and experiences that led to all three women facing housing crisis due to the lack of suitable housing options available to them, powerfully demonstrates the critical need for decent, safe and affordable homes for women and the difference their homes are already making to their lives.
One support worker said: “Kim is extremely happy with being in safe accommodation and has already made big steps in making her life and that of her child better, saying “Wow! this place is really lovely!” She would like to become a paramedic in the future and wants to look at university courses for this, now that she has a secure base.”
The fund continues to fundraise, acquire more properties, hand these to its housing partners and provide women with not only a safe and stable home but also specialised, wraparound support enabling them to overcome trauma and to become empowered to start creating lives of their choosing.
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