It’s hard to believe in a place as prosperous as Canberra that there is a housing affordability crisis – but we can’t ignore it.
I’ve done it tough in the past. I have experienced domestic violence and lived in poverty, especially when I was a single parent. I’m fortunate enough now to be able to give back by engaging YWCA Canberra to manage my investment property through Rentwell.
YWCA Canberra is dedicated to giving women and girls a voice and improving their quality of life and that is something I’m really passionate about.
Women are more likely to be in lower paid jobs, take time out to parent and have less retirement savings, which also disadvantages them in the rental market.
Managing your property through Rentwell is a different form of investment – with a mix of financial and social returns. Through initiatives like this we can all help end homelessness, something I think is achievable.
In May 2019, YWCA Canberra launched Rentwell, the first charitable property management service of its kind in the ACT.
“At YWCA Canberra we believe that all Canberrans should have quality, affordable and secure housing options,” said Frances Crimmins, Chief Executive Officer of YWCA Canberra.
“That’s why, with the support of the ACT Government’s new land tax exemption trial we’ve developed a property management service that provides appropriate, long-term rental accommodation to Canberrans who are locked out of the mainstream market.
*The personal stories throughout this website are based on the real experiences of YWCA Canberra’s housing clients. Their names and identities have been protected for privacy reasons.