Bridge Housing today presented to property developers at a high-level industry roundtable aimed at sourcing more under-utilised properties as transitional housing for people in need. 

The Property Council of Australia event showcased Bridge Housing’s successful partnership with Payce Foundation and Women’s Community Shelters which has put a roof over the heads of women and children escaping domestic violence.  

Bridge Housing CEO John Nicolades welcomed opportunities to expand the initiative saying: “Around 20% of our residents are people who were living in crisis situations and there is a growing need for more transitional housing to support such people while they get back on their feet.” 

Developers including Lend Lease and Frasers, as well as the Minister for Social Housing, the Hon Pru Goward MP, and the City of Sydney attended the event.

Under the partnership:

  • PAYCE identifies vacant properties and makes these available to the project rent free. 
  • Women’s Community Shelters identifies women and children leaving shelters who need additional support, selects them for the project and provides outreach based case work support.
  • Bridge Housing provides property and tenancy management services and works closely with WCS to support vulnerable tenants.

To date, eight women and seven children have been housed through the Pathways Home project. Occupancy has been shared and sole tenanted.

Bridge Housing also had the opportunity at the event to discuss our new not-for-profit real estate agency HomeGround Sydney.

Photo: Bridge Housing CEO John Nicolades, Women’s Community Shelters COO Simone Parsons, Payce Foundation Director Dominic Sullivan, Property Council Executive Director NSW Jane Fitzgerald, and Women’s Community Shelters CEO Annabelle Daniel.