Latest project brings housing program for at-risk youth to Clayton
- Frasers Property, Property Industry Foundation and Lighthouse Foundation strike three-way partnership
- New home to house up to six disadvantaged youth
- Clayton home is the third built by Frasers Property to help overcome youth homelessness
MELBOURNE, 13 JUNE 2019
Frasers Property Australia is partnering with the Property Industry Foundation (PIF) and the Lighthouse Foundation to build a home for at-risk and homeless young people in the Melbourne suburb of Clayton.
The home is the third house Frasers Property has built for the Property Industry Foundation and the second as part of the national PIF House Program. The national PIF House Program launched in 2017, with the aim to build 125 bedrooms for at-risk and homeless youth in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland between by 2021. Live-in carers and counsellors in the homes provide support, mentoring and life skills to help rebuild young lives and transition to independent living.
Frasers Property Australia will sponsor and build the PIF House Clayton, which will eventually house up to six disadvantaged youth and two live-in carers, serviced by the Lighthouse Foundation. It will be the second PIF House the developer has built in Victoria for the Property Industry Foundation, the first built by Australand (later acquired by Frasers Property Australia) in Bonbeach in 2014.
The PIF House Clayton will be built through generous donations from a number of property industry consultants, builders, suppliers and supporters who donate their time, expertise, goods and services through in-kind and cash contributions.
In August 2017, the PIF House Blacktown officially opened in New South Wales, with the capacity to accommodate five at-risk and homeless youths and a live-in carer.
Sarah Bloom, General Manager – Residential Victoria at Frasers Property Australia says being involved in the PIF House Program is another way Frasers Property is contributing to the community.
“Our expertise is in building places people can call home, but not everybody is able to access a safe and secure home environment,” Ms Bloom says.
“The Lighthouse Foundation is doing important work with young people at-risk or homeless to break the cycle of homelessness and guide them – through support, work or study – towards independent living.
“Rising levels of homelessness are a concern and it is up to those in community, such as developers like Frasers Property, to be part of the solution.
“Our experience with the PIF House program shows us how important it is to help these young people turn their lives around.
“We are hoping that other building industry professionals, including suppliers, really get behind the PIF House Clayton project by donating time, expertise or supplies.”
Kate Mills, Chief Executive Officer at the Property Industry Foundation says the partnership is a fantastic example of an organisation willing to take the lead on the issue of youth homelessness.
“Frasers Property has been one of the strongest supporters of our program,” Ms Mills says.
“We ask ourselves who is the best-placed to solve the issue of homelessness and we really believe that the property industry is the best-placed.
“We are extremely grateful to Frasers Property and proud of the generosity the company has shown towards this issue.”
Ms Mills says the Property Industry Foundation is on its way to achieving its target of 125 bedrooms in five years with 56 new bedrooms across New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria since 2017 with 36 in development.
“The benefits of a PIF House go far beyond the number of bedrooms. The PIF House Clayton will provide six bedrooms for disadvantaged youth but over the lifetime of the house, 50 to 60 young people may go through the home,” Ms Mills says.
“We really are rebuilding lives by providing these spaces.”
Construction on the PIF House Clayton is expected to start in September with a completion date anticipated in April 2020.
To date, Frasers Property has supported the PIF House program through:
- Building a six-bedroom house in Bonbeach, Victoria (opened 2014);
- Building a six-bedroom house in Blacktown, New South Wales (opened 2017);
- Announcing plans for a third home for six youths and support staff in Clayton, Victoria (commencing construction in September 2019).