The PwC Foundation Trust is focused on distributing funds in line with our big issues approach, this year funds have been directed toward homelessness.
This year the PwC Foundation Trust delivered the Innovation Grant program. This is new initiative offers three investments of $80,000, to support innovative solutions towards ending homelessness in Australia.
The three grants were awarded against our criteria:
The 2018/19 grant winners are Women’s Community Shelters, Ruah Community Services and Indigo Junction.
Initiative: Wongee Mia
At the start of the project, 16 of the 29 people currently supported were street homeless. There are now only 6 sleeping rough.
Wongee Mia is an action research project to explore an alternative way of supporting Aboriginal people who experience inter-generational homelessness and poverty. The grant was used to cover the salary for a senior community worker full-time for one year. This enabled a new approach towards supporting Aboriginal people who are often unsuccessful in accessing support services. A year on, they have worked closely with family elders to identify relationships, preferred living situations and culturally appropriate responses.
Initiative: The Living Independently for the First Time (LIFT) Program
6 young people have been supported to build their independent living skills, providing them with a safe, secure “home-base” with access to trauma-informed care.
The LIFT program seeks to support extremely vulnerable young people leaving state care who have been identified as most likely to experience homelessness when transitioning from care. The grant was used to enable Indigo Junction to hire an additional, appropriately skilled worker for more intensive case management.
Initiative: Transitional housing programs
Significant growth of the programme and its supporting partner network.
WCS's Transitional housing program aims to break the cycle of homelessness by providing a pipeline of safe and affordable properties for women and children leaving their shelters. The grant was used to support a position at WCS to centrally coordinate the various partners and expand the overall reach of WCS.
The PwC Foundation Trust is a Private Ancillary Fund through which funds are collected from various internal sources and redistributed in accordance with the Trust Deed. The Foundation does not accept unsolicited requests for funding.
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Director, Social Impact Leadership Team, PwC Australia
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