At Juno, we are working on various projects all aimed at supporting women experiencing homelessness and/or family violence so that they can thrive in their communities.
On Our Path Together
Older women aged 55 or over are the fastest growing cohort of homeless Australians. Despite this, a majority of the women in this group have never been homeless before and having never navigated service systems, these women don’t know where to go for help and aren’t getting it soon enough.
On Our Path Together is a peer education program that aims to prevent older women living on low incomes from experiencing homelessness through equipping women will the knowledge and resources to seek help early before they reach a homelessness crisis.
Rapid Response Clinic
Many low-income women are hanging on by a thread, just able to make ends meet with the current rates of welfare provision. Imminent reductions in JobSeeker and stricter criteria for those accessing JobKeeper means things are about to get even tougher for women living on low incomes. This is why we are working on introducing a Rapid Response clinic, where we aim to prevent these women becoming homeless by running a once weekly drop-in clinic.
The clinic will offer information and support to women doing it tough who need short-term assistance with tenancy rights, accessing private rental, navigating Centrelink, applying for public housing, and managing bills and debts.
EMPower (Economic Mobility Power) is a program developed by Juno, based closely on a highly successful model created by Boston-based organisation, EMPath. EMPath is known worldwide for their coaching approach, which is founded on the belief that each pathway out of poverty is different.
The EMPower pilot will work in partnership with women who have experienced homelessness to set and reach goals across life domains including family, housing, health and wellbeing, finances, career and employment.
This exciting project has seen Juno develop a new approach to supporting women to recover from the impacts of trauma and build a strong, economically secure and thriving future for themselves and their families. We are currently working towards the launch of this program in early 2021.
Watch this space!