Moy Dom (My Home) is a joint project of RusCare and WAYSS, funded by the Victorian Government to provide 33 independent, self-contained studio units of accommodation, within an Independent living environment, for women over the age of 55 years who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The units are in the beautiful gardens of “Kronstadt Gardens” and have a peaceful ambiance congenial to making the residents feel safe, at peace and cared for. The housing will be permanent and therefore offer the women the opportunity to age in place, in familiar surroundings, with a continuum of care and within a supportive community.
Each resident will pay an accommodation fee equivalent of 60% their government benefit. The accommodation will be suitable for women with disabilities who are able to live independently, women with complex needs – particularly those from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
The site is set within a quiet, established suburban area and features attractive grounds and level site access. Each studio unit opens on to an established shared garden area and is comprised of an open plan bedroom/lounge and kitchenette, a separate ensuite and access to communal laundry facilities and common lounges with a small dining area.
Incorporated in a second building, just a few metres away, will be a communal kitchen and dining area and shared living areas for communal activities and self-contained accommodation for a live-in housekeeper. The housekeeper will prepare shared light lunches and evening meals and play a key role in fostering a sense of shared community. There is the possibility of a future transition to a housing cooperative model, where the women, either independently or with minimal support, manage the day to day operations of the site
(influenced by the successful and globally recognised UK Older Women’s Housing Coop