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Read media stories, newspaper articles and press material featuring Wayss CEO Liz Thomas speaking out about family violence, homelessness & crisis support.

Family violence perpetrators using COVID-19 as ‘a form of abuse we have not experienced before’

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Featuring Wayss CEO Liz Thomas.

 

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Older Women, the Hidden Faces of Homelessness

Article by CEO Liz Thomas featured in FUSION MAGAZINE – March 2020

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Dandenong Leader – February 11th 2020.

Elizabeth Thomas, chief executive of homelessness and crisis support group Wayss, said the organisation assisted more than 15,000 people in Melbourne’s south east in the past year.

“A significant number of those people came to our Dandenong office looking for affordable housing,” Ms Thomas said.

“Homelessness is no longer hidden – it is something that is front of mind for the community,” she said.

She said Greater Dandenong desperately needed a greater range of affordable housing and accommodation options.

“It’s about moving beyond rooming houses to permanent accommodation that helps people rebuild meaningful, sustainable lives,” she said.

Wayss in the 1990s

Then in September 1997 the organisation became WAYSS Limited with a Board of Directors and day to day management by the Chief Executive Officer.

Wayss underwent further transformation with the restructure of community housing and the funding of the Transitional Housing Management (THM) program. The Regional Housing Council ceased operation and transferred direct service operations to Wayss in 1997.

During this decade Wayss became responsible for the then South East Women’s Domestic Violence Outreach Service. Funding was also received to establish a Children’s Services Worker within the outreach service. SAAP funded Women’s Outreach Program was also transferred to Wayss in 1999.