Shelter establishment

Existing services can’t meet the demand for accommodation for women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Women’s Community Shelters (WCS) works with communities to provide short term (up to 3 months) emergency accommodation and support in a safe, comfortable and secure environment that enables homeless women to rebuild self- esteem and achieve control and fulfilment in their lives. Additional women’s shelters will play a key role in alleviating the compounding impacts of homelessness, where women’s immediate needs become complex needs and the homelessness cycle hard to escape from.

If you are interested in community partnership opportunities with Women’s Community Shelters, please email:

WCS continues to:

  • Identify areas where there is an unmet need for emergency / crisis accommodation
  • Proactively work with local community organisations / agencies / individuals in those areas to help set up community shelters
  • Provide ongoing governance, mentoring, fundraising and quality assurance support to assist in the ongoing operation of those shelters
  • Engage with government, non-government organisations / agencies, business and the philanthropic sector to promote awareness of, and collaborative action on, women’s homelessness.

Our shelters

Northern Beaches Women’s Shelter

Northern Beaches Women’s Shelter (NBWS) provides a safe haven for women who are homeless due to physical, emotional or sexual abuse, family breakdown, financial strife, domestic violence, mental health issues, lack of affordable housing and other factors.

NBWS is not simply a place to sleep. Along with emergency accommodation for up to three months, NBWS provides assistance with accessing support for finances, employment, education, healthcare, legal advice, and permanent accommodation.

More than 360 homeless women have benefited from NBWS’s services since we first opened our doors in November 2010. We are the only shelter on the Northern Beaches solely for women.

Formerly known as Manly Women’s Shelter.


Find out more

To receive updates on news and events for Northern Beaches Women’s Shelter:

General Enquiries: (02) 9977 7772

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Email us to organise a fundraiser:

Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter

The Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter was officially launched in December 2014 and opened its doors to clients in February 2015. It has since been at capacity supporting 10 women at any given time. The campaign to open this shelter could not have been successful without the support of Women’s Community Shelters, with which we maintain close ties, and many other community organisations and donors.

The Shelter aims to provide temporary supported accommodation for women in times crisis such as homelessness and /or domestic violence. We provide a safe, non-threatening environment for women that will assist them through their emotional and physical crisis.

Our professional case managers assist with:

  • Temporary supported accommodation
  • Resolution of the crisis
  • Assisting, creating and exploring housing options
  • Promotion of good health and well being
  • Life skills to promote independence and self esteem


The HKWS takes a client centred approach to collaborative case management. The maximum stay is 3 months.

Some facts & figures:

  • Hornsby is a recognised domestic violence ‘hotspot’ with approx 80 reports per month but only about 25% of incidents get reported.
  • On a weekly basis an average of 5 women is turned away because we are at capacity.
  • Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter is one of only two women’s shelter or crisis accommodation on the north shore: the other is in Manly. Together they provide 22 beds.
  • Australia has over 55,000 homeless women and 1 in 2 of these are turned away every night.
  • In many cases women are financially trapped in a situation of domestic violence. They face the choice of becoming homeless or remaining in their current circumstance. There are insufficient services to help women in this situation.
  • Most women are homeless due to domestic violence.
  • Mental illness also plays a big role in women’s homelessness.

Find out more

To receive updates on news and events for Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter:

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The Sanctuary – The Hills Women’s Shelter

In March 2016, Women’s Community Shelters, in partnership with the Hills Shire community, threw open the doors of The Sanctuary – The Hills Women’s Shelter.

The Sanctuary provides safe, temporary, supported accommodation, for up to 3 months, for women and their children who are escaping homelessness and/or domestic violence.

The Sanctuary offers a client-centered approach to collaborative case management. Their specialist team of caseworkers, led by the shelter manager, work around the clock, 24 hours a day, to support their clients. They also offer a child-focused caseworker, who specialises in childhood trauma and its effects. They work hand-in-hand with clients to support, advocate for, and help them to access all that they might need to live safe lives free from fear.

The Sanctuary is unique in that the property was provided and renovated to a beautiful standard by QIC (Queensland Investment Corporation), the owners of Castle Towers. There is strong community support for the work of the shelter, including the generous provision of incredible climbing and play equipment by Castle Hill RSL Group.

The Sanctuary provides a safe-haven for women and children regardless of their age, sexuality, cultural and linguistic diversity. The Sanctuary is also one of a few shelters in NSW that can provide for women with a disability and women with larger families.

To donate to The Sanctuary, please click the “Donate Now” button on the right.

100% of your donation will support The Sanctuary with its ongoing operational costs.

Find out more

To receive updates on news and events for The Sanctuary – The Hills Women’s Shelter:

General Enquiries: (02) 9680 2653


Great Lakes Women’s Shelter

The Forster Neighbourhood Centre recognised an urgent need for crisis accommodation within the Forster-Tuncurry area for some time and worked with Women’s Community Shelters to make the Great Lakes Women’s Shelter a reality.

The Great Lakes Women’s Shelter opened in January 2016 and has been full ever since, helping homeless women and their children in the Forster-Tuncurry region.

You can donate to the Great Lakes Women’s Shelter appeal by clicking the button to the right.

Find out more

To receive updates on news and events for Great Lakes Women’s Shelter:

General Enquiries: (02) 6555 9835

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The Haven – Nepean Women’s Shelter

Dedicated to protecting and empowering women and children.

Our mission is to provide a safe inclusive environment to empower and inspire women to rebuild their lives with dignity. We do this through:

  • Offering a safe haven for women and their children escaping domestic violence
  • Providing knowledge and support with a strengths based focus
  • Working in partnership with women to build the confidence to regain control of their lives
  • Providing services which inspire the strength to rebuild an independent life free from violence
  • Establishing a sense of community, connection and safety to enhance well being

Between October 2016 and September 2017 there were 1,094 incidents of domestic violence reported in Penrith (please note that 70% of incidents actually go unreported).

The Haven – Nepean Women’s Shelter, is a community funded shelter providing crisis accommodation for women and children escaping domestic violence in the Nepean region. During their stay, we will provide tailored support and wrap around services to best enable them to live a life free of violence and move into transitional housing.

The annual running cost of The Haven is budgeted to be $420,000. We receive a portion of this from Women’s Community Shelters. The remainder? We rely on the support of the community and the generosity of businesses to help us change these harrowing statistics and to this end, welcome donations of financial assistance or other support to contribute towards our operations.  The Haven is a registered charity and all donations are tax deductible.

Together we can help rebuild safe and empowered lives.

Find out more

To receive updates on news and events for The Haven – Nepean Women’s Shelter:

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Bayside Women’s Shelter

Bayside Women’s Shelter provides a safe refuge for women to achieve safety, space for women to emotionally and psychologically ‘catch their breath’, support for women to plan a way forward, connect women to support services who will walk alongside them on their journey of recovery, rebuilding, and healing.

We are an organisation of qualified professionals working with the local community to offer support to women and children seeking safety from abuse and violence.

The service provides safe, temporary supported accommodation (up to 3 months) for women and children in times of crises such as homelessness and escaping domestic violence.

Bayside Women’s Shelter assists women and their children to find long-term housing.

Services include:

  • Access to counselling, medical help, legal assistance, employment, education, training and financial planning
  • Promotion of good health and well-being for the whole family, including mental health and self-empowerment

Bayside Women’s Shelter supports all women regardless of their age, sexuality, cultural and linguistic diversity, disability or mental illness.

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To receive updates on news and events for Bayside Women’s Shelter:

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Parramatta Women’s Shelter

Parramatta Women’s Shelter opened in December 2019 and is the seventh shelter in the growing WCS network. The shelter is located across two adjacent buildings, donated by the PAYCE Foundation as part of the Pathways Home initiative. It comprises one large dwelling and two large flats, where three large families now reside. Liz Scully, Chair of the Parramatta Board, and instrumental in its establishment explained the need for such a shelter: “It can be tough to find a safe place to stay in a hurry for mums with a few kids who are escaping family violence.” Prior to opening, the Shelter Board received initial funding from Wentworth Point Community Central, which was matched by the City of Parramatta Council. This allowed the process of establishment to begin.

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To receive updates on news and events for Bayside Women’s Shelter:

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New initiatives


Women’s Community Shelters is working with representatives in the area to establish a crisis accommodation shelter in Camden. We have a dedicated board in place, have secured the property and our aim is to open the shelter in 2020.

Keep up to date with latest news here.


Women’s Community Shelters is working with local government in the area to establish a crisis accommodation shelter set to open in 2020/21.

Watch this space!