Women’s Homelessness Prevention Project

20 February 2014
The Women’s Homelessness Prevention Project (WHPP) is a project of Justice Connect Homeless Law. The WHPP combines legal representation with social work support and aims to prevent women and children being evicted into homelessness. Free call 1800 606 313 to make an appointment.

About the WHPP

The WHPP has a weekly outreach legal clinic for women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The clinic is staffed by pro bono lawyers and a social worker, and is located at a central CBD library that is comfortable and accommodating for women and their children. Appointments can be made by calling 1800 606 313 (free call).

Lawyers provide advice and ongoing representation in relation to the legal issues (i.e. tenancy and eviction prevention) and the WHPP social worker provides a period of intensive support (up to three months) to link clients with a range of services, including financial counselling, family violence counselling, housing support, family support, education and employment services.

This collaborative response is intended to help save women's tenancies and to create effective supports to enable those tenancies to stabilise and reduce further risks of homelessness for women and children.

Who can we assist?  

The WHPP can assist women who are currently homeless or at risk of homelessness. Women who are at risk of homelessness might be currently living in a range of different accommodation types, including transitional, emergency, public housing, community housing or private rental.

What legal issues can we assist with?

The WHPP assists women with housing and tenancy matters who are facing homelessness. We will be able to help you if you have:

  • a VCAT hearing relating to your housing
  •  received a notice to vacate (including for rental arrears, complaints, danger or breach of a compliance order)
  •  received a breach notice
  • received a compliance order application
  • missed a VCAT hearing relating to your housing.

Homeless Law also offers other services. See who else we can assist >

What can we do for clients and caseworkers?

Caseworkers and clients will be able to speak directly to a lawyer about the legal problem. People who call may:

  • be booked into one of our clinics for legal representation
  • receive legal advice (by phone or in person)
  • receive social work support and case co-ordination
  • be referred to appropriate organisations
  • be given information.

How can you make a booking?

If you require legal assistance you should call our free call number 1800 606 313. If we are unable to take the call please leave a message and we will call you back within 24 hours. If the matter is urgent, please say so in your message.

Download an information sheet for the project here - WHPP Information Sheet.pdf