From the outside, it looks like any other 3-bedroom house in Maleny. But the Women’s House, as it’s called, is a special place. It’s where women experiencing homelessness and their children can stay while they get back on their feet.
Supported by the hinterland community, the house is run by the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre (MNC), where temporary accommodation is provided along with much-needed help to find stable housing.
Just recently, Maleny Freemasons Lodge provided $5,000 towards the running of the House.
Past Master of Maleny Freemasons Lodge Arthur Trass said the share house doesn’t receive any government funding and relies solely on support like theirs.
“This house provides hope, and it is important for our Lodge to back initiatives that help to uplift people, particularly women in this case, to lead more independent lives,” Mr Trass said.
“There are a number of factors that can contribute to a person becoming homeless such as financial difficulties, housing stress, unemployment, health issues or a relationship ending and for women it can be particularly difficult, which we recognise.
“There’s an increasing number of females over 55 who are finding themselves in this situation too.”
Since opening its doors in 2017, women aged between 20 and 61 have stayed at the home, their stay has varied, from 2 weeks to 7 months.
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Sara Parrott said they were pleased to support Maleny Freemasons Lodge to engage with their community.
“The pandemic has affected us all but especially women’s financial and physical security and by matching the Lodge’s giving makes their contribution go further,” Ms Parrott said.
“With the right support women experiencing homelessness can go on to lead more fulfilling and independent lives.”
Photo: Maleny Neighbourhood Centre (MNC) received $5,000 towards the running of Women’s House to help women experiencing homelessness to get back on their feet.