The Mercy Foundation Grants to End Homelessness are available for seeding initiatives, services, projects, advocacy and research that will contribute to the goal of ending homelessness by supporting permanent housing, housing first and permanent supportive housing solutions.
We are currently accepting Expressions of Interest into the Grants to End Homelessness Program for 2020-21.
Projects that focus on ending and preventing older women’s homelessness and women who experience chronic homelessness are priority areas for the 2020 – 2021 program. Grants range from $5,000 up to $50,000 for any one year, with grants likely to be averaging $20,000 – $30,000.
Older women are the fastest growing cohort to experience homelessness in Australia. A recent study estimated that 405,000 women over 45 years to be at risk of homelessness. Women’s homelessness is due to a number of systemic and compounding factors, such as:
– An unaffordable rental market
– Lack of superannuation
– Working part time or casually throughout their lives
– Taking time out of the workforce to care for family
– Gender pay gap
– Age discrimination
Many women don’t know where to go for help and are adept at hiding their homelessness.
Chronic homelessness is defined as an episode of homelessness lasting 6 months or longer or multiple episodes of homelessness over a 12 month period or more. People who experience chronic homelessness are likely to have ‘complex needs’, which usually means that they have one or more of the following:
– Developmental disability
– Traumatic brain injury
– Serious physical health problems
– History of abuse or trauma
– Mental illness
– Mental disorder
– Psychiatric disability
The Mercy Foundation acknowledges that the majority of people experiencing homelessness in Australia do not have high or complex needs. They simply need access to affordable housing and few, if any, supports may be required. People experiencing chronic homelessness are likely to have additional support needs.