St Margaret’s Young Women’s Shelter aims to support young women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, to work towards stability in their living arrangements. St Margaret’s provides an environment of safety and respect, and by addressing specific needs identified by young women in areas such as income, housing, health, relationships, legal, education and employment.
Specific target groups are young women aged 16 to 25 years, who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. In some circumstances the shelter may accept referrals for clients younger than school leaving age, but St Margaret’s Young Women’s Shelter does not target this age group.
St Margaret’s Young Women’s Shelter is funded as supported accommodation to provide an immediate response to young women’s homelessness, through the provision of case management, support in temporary accommodation and during transition to housing. The shelter supports clients to meet their immediate personal needs and work towards obtaining stable, long term accommodation as soon as possible.
The following supports are provided within a social justice framework:
- 24 hour access to the service
- shelter and day to day necessities
- support to find stable long term accommodation
- advocacy and referrals to other organisations including housing, income support, education, employment, health, legal and family support services.
St Margaret’s provides support with living skills development including:
- nutrition and health
- personal development including self-awareness, self-esteem, self-care, problem-solving and conflict resolution
- and support for families and former residents.