YWCA housing to hit new heights on Hutt St

The YWCA is beginning the second stage of a $15 million housing development in the CBD which will prioritise women and families who have experienced domestic and family violence.

Mar 25, 2024, updated Mar 25, 2024
The YWCA is building a new development on Hutt St to provide housing for women and children. Photo: Supplied

The YWCA is building a new development on Hutt St to provide housing for women and children. Photo: Supplied

The YWCA, Australia’s only national specialist women’s housing provider, said the Hutt Street building will provide 24 long-term appartments for below market rent.

The housing will be able to accommodate up to 57 women and their families, and will prioritise those on low to moderate incomes.

YWCA Australia senior manager of property development Belinga Goglia said the building was on track to open to residents in early 2026.

An artist render of the upcoming development. Photo: Supplied

The $15.7 million development is being partially funded through a $5 million no-interest loan from the state government.

YWCA Australia CEO Michelle Phillips said it was “fantastic to have these homes being built for women, led by women at a time of such great need”.

“With a lack of affordable housing supply and ongoing pressure for housing, YWCA Australia is excited to be making progress on much-needed housing for women and their families,” she said.

Goglia said the arrival of a crane on-site marked the beginning of the next phase, with upper floor levels set to be added for one, two and three bedroom apartments.

Footings, the ground floor slab, commercial space and common areas have all been installed in recent months.

The project is being overseen by Goglia, with a team of female leaders working throughout the development, management and administration of the project.

The Hutt Street development is part of the YWCA’s $67.6 million national housing investment pipeline which aims to deliver 141 homes across four states specifically for women and gender diverse people by February 2026.

In the past two years, there has been a 63 per cent increase of women and children sleeping rough after receiving homelessness support in South Australia, with 38 per cent of women and girls seeking support from homelessness services citing domestic and family violence as the main reason.

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