At Juno, we understand that the drivers of homelessness are complex and multifaceted. For women, homelessness issues also relate to issues of poverty, gender inequality and family violence, often coupled with mental health issues and trauma.
Juno’s Homelessness Team work with women and their children with multiple and complex needs to find permanent, safe and affordable homes, as well as helping women to build the lives they envision for themselves.
This includes (but is not restricted to) addressing housing and support needs through short-term, task-focused support, and longer-term case management support, supporting women to understand their rights, providing material aid and emotional support and strengthening women’s (and their children’s) safety and wellbeing through ongoing risk assessment and risk management.
- Our Women’s Wellbeing Program provides opportunities for the women in our programs to forge connections outside the ‘formal’ aspects of our work, aimed at promoting social connection and emotional wellbeing through rebuilding confidence, resilience and self-worth, while having a whole lot of fun. Read more about our Women’s Wellbeing Programs here.
- We also advocate with other community sector organisations for a gender-specific and feminist informed approach to the provision of housing and homelessness support, and work to influence the broader systemic structures that impact the lives of women and their children. Read more about our advocacy here.
If you or someone you know needs support, visit our Assistance Page.
In Victoria, if you’re experiencing homelessness or a housing crisis, the first step is to contact a local Homelessness Access Point. An Initial Assessment and Planning (IAP) worker will assess your support needs and then refers you onto Juno or other specialist support services. As there is no direct referral process, clients come to us through Access Points. Find a Victorian Access Point.