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Maya Young Women's Refuge

Maya is a specialised medium term youth refuge providing accommodation and support to six young women who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Maya provides a relaxed and caring environment which places emphasis on developing the personal and living skills needed to sustain independent living. Residents work together in sharing household responsibilities, organising meals, grocery shopping and planning activities such as a roster of chores and weekend outings.

Where appropriate, residents under the age of 16 will be encouraged to reconcile with their families. If other residents also wish to repair family breakdown, they will be supported to do so. Where reconciliation is not appropriate, staff will assist residents to find independent housing and provide the necessary supports to ensure their tenancy can be sustained.

Over time she developed into a bright and bubbly girl and loved the positive choices she was now making in her life.

Maggie arrived at Maya very withdrawn, scared and suffering with terrible depression and anxiety as a result of living on the streets for six months. Maggie’s mother was unable to care for her due to her own mental health issues, which left Maggie with no choice but to sleep in bus shelters and on trains to keep warm.

Maggie was referred to Maya through our Coast Community Centre where she had arrived for lunch one day. She initially spent a lot of time in her room alone and did not want to engage with workers or other residents. Over time, she started spending more time out of her room and developed strong friendships within the house.

As Maggie showed an interest in art, we assisted her to sign up for some art classes and she also enrolled herself in a beauty course at TAFE. Over time she developed into a bright and bubbly girl and loved the positive choices she was now making in her life. Maggie moved from Maya into shared accommodation with a friend that she met at TAFE and is currently employed full-time as a beautician.



Funding

Maya is funded by Community Services as a Specialist Homelessness Service and is supported by numerous community groups and organisations.