A new housing model which involves the collaboration of property owners, domestic violence services
and community housing providers is delighted to welcome two new partners to their unique housing
Twilight Aged Care and Link Housing will join founding partners, Women’s Community Shelters, PAYCE
Foundation and Bridge Housing as part of their newly created Pathways Home model.
Pathways Home is an innovative ‘meanwhile use’ venture that provides transitional housing to women
and their children and older single women escaping domestic and family violence. It does this by
identifying underutilised properties and repurposing them for transitional housing.
The goal is to provide stable, supported housing for women, their children and older single women as
they rebuild their lives after experiences of homelessness and domestic and family violence.
The term ‘meanwhile use’ originates from the UK where it was used to describe vacant land and
buildings that could be repurposed for cultural or community development purposes until they could
be brought back into commercial use.
Beecroft House in Beecroft is a ‘meanwhile’ property that has been temporarily gifted by Twilight
Aged Care with the specific purpose of refurbishing it to create transitional housing for women over
The property, which is coming up to its first anniversary in August 2020, provides accommodation for
twenty women over 55 for a period of up to 18 months, with exit pathways in place to support them.
This project adds to the existing five properties made available and supported by the PAYCE
Foundation since 2017.
Speaking about the Pathways Home model, James Boyd, Director of the PAYCE Foundation said:
“Domestic violence continues to be one of society’s most pressing social challenges. The Pathways
Home model provides a proven avenue for women to rebuild their lives, free from the fear of violence.
“I am pleased to see the program growing with new partnerships which will ensure more women and
children can be assisted. There remains a bank of underutilised properties across Sydney and I would
encourage more organisations to join the program that makes a real difference to the lives of women
Neil Wendt, CEO of Twilight Aged Care, commented: “We are delighted that Beecroft house, formerly
Jamieson House, will be welcomed under the new Pathways Home model, which showcases the
benefits of turning meanwhile properties into transitional housing for women escaping domestic
violence and homelessness. Twilight Aged Care has been operating for over 105 years and was
originally created to support vulnerable women.
“We can see no better way of utilising our buildings for such purposes and are delighted by the success
of Beecroft House, and look forward to working with the project partners on future properties to
provide even more wonderful, safe and secure homes for women in need.”
The number of older women experiencing homelessness has increased 31% between 2011–2016 and
the Pathways Home model seeks to create an additional 100,000 bed nights over the next three years.