News & Media | 11 August 2017

PIF House Blacktown opens for homeless


Opening of new Blacktown accommodation for homeless young people.

Blacktown – Sydney – 11 August 2017 – On 11 August, a new 6-bedroom home will open in Blacktown that will safely accommodate five at-risk and homeless young people at a time, in addition to a live-in carer, thanks to the collaboration of the Property Industry Foundation (PIF), Frasers Property Australia and Marist180.

Mayor of Blacktown Councillor Stephen Bail will cut the ribbon on PIF House Blacktown, a Property Industry Foundation project for Marist180. Frasers Property Australia provided design services, construction expertise and project management for the $520,000 PIF House Blacktown.

Rosemary Smithson, Chief Executive Officer, Property Industry Foundation said the home would not only be a safe place for the young people to live, but the support program provided by Marist180 would help them on the journey to become independent.

“The young people who will live in the house have not had a safe home or guidance to be able to live independently,” she said. “The aim of the home is to have a positive, life-changing impact on them – and at a broader level make a tangible difference to the serious and persistent problem of youth homelessness.”

Frasers Property Australia is the major sponsor of PIF House Blacktown. This is the second PIF House sponsored by the company. 

“Youth homelessness affects too many young Australians and the property industry, as the creator of new communities, can and should play a meaningful role in addressing this issue,” said Ray Baksmati, Development Director - Frasers Property Australia. 

“Frasers Property is proud to be involved in this critical project and we will continue to work with the Property Industry Foundation to make a positive difference in communities around Australia.”

Mr Baksmati was particularly praising of the large number of local contractors, trades and businesses who donated services and goods.  None of these people expect anything in return and we are so grateful for their support we at least wanted to make sure they were acknowledge.

A growing number of project partners are donating their expertise and materials to the project. So far those sponsors are Drain and White Plumbing, D King Plumbing, LE Dias Electrical, Bunnings F and T, Wideline, Crest TV, Bullnose Roofing, QPS / Actron, Apollo Kitchen, J and L Marble, Caesarstone, Corinthian Industries, Reece, PPG Taubmans, Dynamic Doors, Rheem, Tankworks, New Edge Concreting, Bingo Bins, Vipar Bricklaying, Stoddarts, Idealcorp Pty Ltd, Unique Blinds, Kingsplan Environmental, Smeg Pty Ltd, Craneland, Morabito Wall Linings, Builders Steel Direct, Bunnings, Riverview Landscapes, SOLGEN, Craig and Rhodes, 1300 Termite, Residential Engineering, Ashley Engineering, Acrow Scaffolding, Cret Tv, Minto Home Hardware, Sydney Brickcleaning, PGA Rendering Pty Ltd, Dias Electrical, CSR Bradford, QPS Geothermal, Actron, Harvey Norman, Shanes Waterproofing, Reece On Site, Beaumont Tiles, Sydney Shower Screens (KOLDER), ICM Property Services, Gainsborough, Vito Bertoni, Palace Painting Pty Ltd, Renco Design, Steve Watson Certifiers, Urbis, Blacktown City Council and McCullough Robertson.

Natalie Chichmir from Marist180 said there is real excitement about the project. 

“Our young people recently participated in a working bee to help landscape the garden with volunteers from the various suppliers, she said.

“They are very excited about moving into such a beautiful house and Marist180 really appreciates everything the Property Industry Foundation, Frasers Property Australia and their suppliers have done. They went above and beyond to make sure the young people would have a home we can all be proud of.”