White Caravan Foundation
The statistics are frightening, 40-50% of homeless people are women and nearly 60% of people seeking specialist homelessness services are female.
The fastest growing category of homeless people in Australia are women between the ages of 40 and 60.
We believe we can make a material difference by giving women the tools to prevent homelessness through education & transitional housing.
WHY WE ARE HERE
When single mother Juliet Potter first bought a used caravan that she found on Facebook, she was excited at the prospect of slowly renovating her purchase in order to provide an extra home for her family and friends over the weekends and holiday breaks.
At the same time, she became acutely aware of the growing homeless problem, particularly with women who were going through challenges she had previously faced. After reaching out to her local community, she also realised the enthusiasm for generating something more tangible – a temporary housing solution for homeless women.
PREVENTION, RESPITE & EDUCATION
White Caravan aims to support women before they get to desperation, through financial education, access to services, retraining and career advice but above all empowerment.
We believe that educating Australian women and empowering them to believe in themselves will be a step towards combating homelessness. We also provide strategy, mentorship and guidance prior to the transition of separation, along with respite housing.
Unlike many other services that work in the housing crisis sector, White Caravan works within the area of prevention.
OPPORTUNITY, RESPITE & HEALING
We guide and support women with the creation of separation strategies to help lay the required foundations in transitioning into a secure, happier life with both confidence and clarity.
We work alongside existing community-based partners, support services and sponsors.
And we provide transitional housing options by way of renovated caravans and hotel partners nationally to allow respite, peace and healing for women and children.
ENQUIRIES@WHITECARAVAN.ORG.AU | P (02) 9331 0347
OVER THE NEXT 12 - MONTHS
• The development of a comprehensive support program with primary focus on preventative measures to reduce the number women progressing to homelessness.
• Our Separation Strategist to work with women who are in the initial stages of separation in order to keep as many women within their homes, avoid the Family Law Court and to provide financial, mental and emotional support pre-separation and divorce.
• To decrease the number of homeless women
• To provide temporary housing for women in financial and domestic hardship.
• A traveling caravan that is to be utilised to provide educational services and the awareness of women’s homelessness
• Facilitating services with an allocated, consistent case worker, depending on the needs of the women who contact us.
• To engage over 10,000 women in the first year with educational services, temporary housing solutions and assistance in their domestic situation.