We aim to keep running costs to the absolute minimum, but keeping the Shelter open is a costly affair. It costs $70 per day to house, feed and provide one woman with case management support. We can house 13 women at a time.
Total running costs for the Manly Women’s Shelter are around $450,000 per annum.
That’s about $8,500 for every woman that passes through our door.
Additional funding would mean additional support programs and provide greater assistance in the transition process to assist women to move back into meaningful community living and participation.
The main operating costs are:
- Wages for professional welfare workers who are employed around the clock to ensure comprehensive care, especially considering that many of the women are homeless due to domestic violence and/or mental illness. Welfare workers are needed during the day, where the focus is on individual case management. Additional support is required for nights and the weekends, when the risk to women from ex-partners tends to be greater.
- Rent and Utilities for the houses leased to shelter the women. Some women are able to access Centrelink payments and where possible they pay subsidised rent (calculated depending on their income) for accommodation and food.
To assist in conserving costs, volunteers are utilised as much as practical, subject always to the safety of the women and subject to the availability and skill set of the approved and trained volunteers.
We receive about 17.5% of its required annual funding from Manly Council. We do not receive any state or federal funding, so the balance must come from corporate sponsors, private foundations and generous individuals. Submissions for financial grants are being made to Governments wherever possible.
Donations and Tax Status
The Manly Women’s Shelter is a registered charity and all donations over $2 are fully tax deductible.
ABN: 20 873 461 261
If we had more funding we would get another case worker, which is what we need, and provide help to more homeless and at risk women.