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Alice's Cottages is a medium-term, supported housing scheme for women with a history of psychiatric illness and/or psychological distress who have dependent children in their care.
They also need to be homeless or facing homelessness in the near future. This means that there is a complicated referral procedure unsuited for crisis situations.
Each family is accommodated in their own house within the Blacktown LGA.
Blacktown is an Outer Western suburb of Sydney with its own crisis care team and is set to be one of the largest growth areas of New South Wales.
As a feminist service we have the belief that women in this society are systematically disadvantaged, especially those who are poor, homeless, psychiatrically distressed and have dependent children.
We believe that all women are entitled to have the opportunity to access all resources, to experience equal status in society and have the freedom to reach their full potential.
Our objective is to assist women in developing their own independent living skills, as well as, their parenting skills thereby enabling them to live with their children in a secure, nurturing and happy environment. Each member of the family is encouraged to develop and ultimately achieve his/her own goals.
Do you qualify?
We accept referrals from anywhere within New South Wales. Simply contact us on 02 9622 9791 and ask to be considered for a referral if there are any vacancies.
Women who meet the before mentioned requirements and who are also:
- Wish to develop skills aimed towards independent living, e.g: parenting, budgeting, social and assertiveness.
- Are willing to reside in an Alice's Cottages house for a minimum of three months, sign a lease and pay the agreed rent each fortnight.
- Will actively participate in the programme arranged between them and their workers which include: groups, case plans and quarterly reviews of their progress.
- Women who are dealing with a past alcohol or drug problem in a constructive way and who have a mental health problem as their primary diagnosis.