About Us

Karinya Young Women’s Service is an independent, not for profit organisation based in Launceston, Tasmania, that provides short term crisis accommodation to young women aged 13 to 20.

The service also has a separate Young Mums ‘n’ Bubs program (KYM) for young pregnant women and young parents aged 15 to 19, as well as a Community Tenancy Management program that manages the tenancies for 29 properties including 1 refuge transitional property, 16 KYM properties and 12 Northern Youth Accommodation Coalition (NYAC) properties.

Karinya was founded in 1979 and was originally established as a feminist-based collective model. The service altered its management structure in the 1990’s to establish separation between the Management Committee and worker team.

Karinya is funded to provide crisis accommodation and support for up to six young women at a time in a purpose built facility. Karinya is funded under the Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) directive within the Department of Health and Human Service.

The crisis accommodation maintains a worker on duty 24 hours a day and supports refuge clients to find longer term stable accommodation or reunification with family where possible and appropriate. The organisation works with both government and non-government services in the region to deliver a cooperative approach for individual clients. We also provide referrals to service providers including education, mental health, sexual assault, pregnancy, legal issues, violence, drug & alcohol, relationship counseling and family mediation. Many of Karinya’s clients have high and complex needs and have difficulty in accessing and/or maintaining affordable accommodation and support.