Brisbane Housing Company

The Brisbane Housing Company remains Second Chance’s major partner. Second Chance funds two very successful projects in partnership with the Brisbane Housing Company: Bridging the Rental Gap and Furniture Packages. Both projects are outlined in more detail below.

Project 1: Bridging the Rental Gap

What is the name of the project?
Bridge the Gap

How does the project help homeless women?
Second Chance runs a successful ‘Bridge the Gap’ program with the Brisbane Housing Company. Second Chance pays the difference between the required rent and the amount that the women can afford in the attractive Brisbane Housing Company complexes. Over 370 women who would otherwise be homeless have been accommodated in this way.

Who administers the project?
Brisbane Housing Company

When did it start?
2006

Outcomes of the project
Second Chance has subsidised the rent for over 370 women who would otherwise be homeless. Second Chance bridges the gap in rental payments for 6 months. It is very encouraging to know that well over 80% of women continue to reside at the properties after the 6 months of rental support.

Endorsement
“Second Chance Fundraising Group began to raise money in 2001 for single homeless women in Brisbane, a target group whose existence had formerly been socially stigmatised, invisible to policy makers and uncounted in statistics. Some homeless women seeking accommodation in BHC’s boarding rooms and studios cannot afford even BHC’s low rents, falling short by as little as $9 to $20. Second Chance’s ‘bridge the gap’ program makes up the difference and helps ensure that more women are able to leave homelessness behind them.”
Brisbane Housing Company Annual Review 2008-2009

 

Project 2: Providing Furniture Packages

What is the name of the project?
BHC Furniture Packages

How does the project help homeless women?
Second Chance funds brand new furniture packages to furnish studio apartments for homeless women within the BHC complexes.

Who administers the project?
Brisbane Housing Company

When did it start?
2008

Outcomes of the project
Second Chance has provided 40 furniture packages to support homeless women in their move back towards independence.

Case Study
Glenis Wilkinson is one of the women tenants supported by SCP who have now taken up residence. She says she was ‘overwhelmed’ when she found that she did not have to try and find second hand furniture but could walk straight into her newly furnished home.

 

Website address: http://www.bhcl.com.au/


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