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All Marlee wants this year is a safe place to call home.

Help us build affordable housing for women at risk of homelessness.

Marlee* has lived on her own for years. Her door is always open to family and friends – but she wishes she could do more. Marlee struggles to make her aged pension last each fortnight. At times she’s had to choose between putting the heater on and buying groceries.

She can’t afford her rental anymore – the rent and bills are just too high. But sleeping rough means she can afford to eat.

We’re building homes so women like Marlee can live with dignity and security.
Will you help?

  • Older women aged 55 and over are one of the fastest growing cohorts of people experiencing homelessness in Australia (ABS, 2021).
  • Current housing solutions are inadequate in number and design.
  • We are building 40+ dwellings in Marrickville NSW for older women, that are affordable, safe and stable.
  • Our housing solution is being co-designed by women from the local community with lived experience and includes wrap-around health, support and wellbeing services that women most need.
  • Our houses are an Environmentally Sustainable Design that will radically reduce the cost of living by minimising energy bills for the women living in them.

Good Shepherd have invested significantly in this project and are looking to raise a total of $40m to provide a community of safe places to call home.

100% of your donation will go directly to our Affordable Housing Solution to help us provide her a safe place to call home.


*Certain details have been changed to protect privacy.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Please see below for more information on Good Shepherd's Affordable Housing Project.
What is the Marrickville Housing Project by Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand?

The Marrickville Housing Project is a pioneering initiative to address the pressing issue of homelessness among older women, aged 55 and over, in Australia. Good Shepherd is building around 40 safe and affordable dwellings in Marrickville, New South Wales, specifically designed to provide a home for women experiencing vulnerability.

Why is this project essential?

Older women aged 55 and over represent one of the fastest-growing groups experiencing homelessness in Australia. Current housing solutions are insufficient in terms of both quantity and design. The Marrickville Housing Project aims to tackle this problem head-on by providing a dignified and secure living environment for these women.

How big is Australia's homelessness crisis?

Every night, over 97,000 women do not have a safe place to live.
Mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunties.

They could be fleeing domestic violence or just priced out of the rental market.
In 2021-22, 48,627 women and children affected by family and domestic violence experienced homelessness.

22,923 women were living in severely crowded dwellings – that’s a home that doesn’t have a bedroom for at least four of the people living there.
Over 2,500 women sleep rough every night – in tents or cars or on the streets.

Women 55+ are one of the fastest-growing groups experiencing homelessness.
Each and every night, at least 13,476 women 55 and over don’t have a safe place to live.

Women in Greater Western Sydney wait 2 1/2 years for social housing – some much longer. That’s why we’re raising $40m for safe, affordable homes for older women in Marrickville. And that’s just the start.

At June 2022, 174,600 households are waiting to be allocated public housing (up from 154,600 at June 2014). 13,700 households on a waiting list for specialist indigenous housing (up from 8,000 at June 2014). Long wait times persist across the country. For example, 36% of priority applicants for social housing in Victoria wait at least one year.

Overall, in 2021, 215,680 people were living in temporary, improvised, overcrowded or other unsafe housing.

The number of people experiencing homelessness increased by 6,067 people – an increase of 5.2% since the last Census in 2016.

Of those experiencing homelessness in 2021:

  • 55.9% were male, an increase of 1.6% from 2016
  • 44.1% were female, an increase of 10.1% from 2016.

Females accounted for 81.7% of the total increase of people experiencing homelessness in 2021.

For every 10,000 people in Australia, there are roughly 42 women and 55 men experiencing homelessness. The rate of homelessness decreased for men and increased for women since 2016.

ABS Census 2021
NSW Dept of Communities & Justice, Sept 2023
AIHW, SHS data, Persistent Homelessness, 2021-22
AIHM, Housing Assistance in Australia, June 2022
VIC Gov’t, Social Housing Allocations, 2019-2020

How is the Marrickville Housing Project different from other housing initiatives?

What sets this project apart is its co-design approach. Women from an older demographic with lived experience of housing vulnerability are actively participating in shaping the project. This ensures that the housing solution aligns with the specific needs and aspirations of these women and the Marrickville community.

What additional services are included in this housing solution?

The Marrickville Housing Project goes beyond providing shelter. It includes wrap-around health, support, and well-being services tailored to address the unique needs of older women in the community. The project aims to create a holistic support system to allow older women to lead full and dignified lives.

How is the project funded?

Good Shepherd have invested significantly in this project and are looking to raise a total of $40m to provide a community of safe places to call home. Your donation will directly support the Marrickville Affordable Housing project, contributing to the construction of these homes for women experiencing vulnerability.

How will the Marrickville Housing Project address the concerns of the local community?

Our project aims to contribute to a more inclusive neighbourhood by offering secure housing to older women who may otherwise face homelessness. By alleviating the housing challenges faced by this specific group, we aim to enhance the community’s well-being and diversity.

Can the local community have a say in the project's design and development to ensure it aligns with their needs and concerns?

Yes, the Marrickville Housing Project values the input of the local community. We encourage you to actively participate in shaping the project to address your concerns and needs.

How can I get involved and support the project?

You can support the Marrickville Housing Project by making a donation to Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand. Your generous contribution will go directly to building these homes for women who need them the most. You can find more information on our website on how to make a donation.

How can I stay updated on the progress of the Marrickville Housing Project?

You can stay informed about the project’s progress and developments by visiting our website. We will regularly provide updates on the project, fundraising efforts, and milestones achieved.

How can I contact Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand for more information or inquiries about the Marrickville Housing Project?

For more information and any inquiries about the Marrickville Housing Project, you can email Good Shepherd. We are always happy to answer your questions and provide further details.

Where can I find out about emergency housing or government housing?

For support with emergency or temporary housing, please visit Ask Izzy .

For info on the government’s National Rental Affordability Scheme please visit DSS Housing Support .

If you’re in danger, please call 000.

If you need support with family and domestic violence or sexual abuse, please call 1800RESPECT or visit . You can also live chat with someone on this site.

When you donate to Good Shepherd, you are partnering with us to support women, girls and families. We’re so grateful.

Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand (ABN 61 354 551 576) is a registered charity.

Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.

If you would prefer to send a cheque, please address your donation to:
Good Shepherd
PO Box 13098
Law Courts Vic 8010

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