12 February 2022

With an unaffordable rental market and long waitlists, women escaping domestic violence are acutely vulnerable. But projects to develop underutilised council land may hold the key to the crisis, with long-term economic benefits. By Cate Sumner.

Click for article in The Saturday 12 February 2022


8 February 2022

The Governor of Tasmania hosted a working meeting on the afternoon of 8 February 2022 to assist the Hobart Women’s Shelter with its next steps in seeking to build long/term permanent homes for women leaving family violence or who are otherwise homeless.

Please click HERE for the presentation.

Render HWS

Core Collective and Christopher Clinton Architects design for Hobart Women's Shelter

See Below for Donation info

Can you help us to build homes for women and children in need?

The Hobart Women's Shelter (HWS) will mark 50 years of service to the women and children of Tasmania in 2024. We are the 2nd oldest Women’s Shelter in Australia and we need your help to continue our important work within the community.


The Problem

Since July 2020 – 7 out of 10 women and 8 out of 10 children had to be turned away from HWS due to a lack of space. This is over 1000 women and children with nowhere to go.

Women and children are staying longer in crisis housing as there are limited affordable housing options available in Tasmania. Unfortunately, many of these women and their children will stay in, or return to, family violence situations where they are at risk of experiencing further trauma, injury and in some cases death.

The number one reason why women will not leave a family violence situation is the fear of being homeless.


The Plan

HWS currently manages 25 houses that provide short term crisis accommodation for women and children in need.

HWS is aiming to provide 25 long-term permanent homes by 2024, for women and children to move into from the Shelter. Our goal is to build an average of 8 homes a year over the next three years (2022-2024) with a fundraising target of $2.5M a year ($7.5M in total).

Can you help us reach our goal of building 25 new homes for women and children in Tasmania?


How you can Help? 

By donating below! Any type of monetary contribution will help us with land, planning, and construction costs. We'd love it if you could simply help us buy a brick! Every brick counts towards building a home. Any donation will make a difference.

Donate today and make a difference
Any donation of $2.00 or more is tax-deductible
Amount raised so far $40,585.00 Number of donors currently 142
Our progress
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Other Ways You Can Help

In-kind contributions are also sought toward assisting with the:

  • Land

  • Engineering and other specialist construction requirements

  • Building materials

  • Interior fit-outs and furnishings

  • Construction

If you can assist with non-monetary or in-kind donations please contact us. We'd love to hear from you.

Supported By

Thanks to our supporters and sponsors below for their ongoing support of the HWS.
We couldn't do it without you.