Three-way partnership to tackle youth homelessness
- Frasers Property Australia, Property Industry Foundation and Lighthouse Foundation tackle homelessness
- New home to accommodate up to four disadvantaged youths
- Sod turning event will be held at 10am on Monday, February 24
MELBOURNE, 13 FEBRUARY 2020
The first sod will be turned on Monday, February 24 for a new house in the south-eastern suburb of Clayton, to be built especially for at-risk youths.
Frasers Property Australia is partnering with the Property Industry Foundation (PIF) and the Lighthouse Foundation to build the home for at-risk and homeless young people. It’s the third house Frasers Property has built in collaboration with PIF and the second as part of the National PIF House Program.
The 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 by 2021. Live-in carers and counsellors in the homes provide support, mentoring and life skills to help rebuild the lives of young people and help them transition to independent living.
Frasers Property is sponsoring and building the PIF House Clayton, which will eventually house up to four disadvantaged youth and two live-in carers, serviced by the Lighthouse Foundation. The company has previously built new homes at Blacktown (NSW) and Bonbeach (VIC) as part of the PIF House program.
At Clayton, a host of other companies and organisations are playing a part, donating materials, time, skills and expertise to the project. Partners include Corinthian Doors, Dulux Group, Austral Bricks, SMEG, Blind Factory and Beaumont Tiles, among many more.
The collaborative project will result in a brand-new home for at-risk youth, with a build value in excess of $550,000 donated to the cause.
Sarah Bloom, General Manager – Residential Victoria, at Frasers Property Australia says the sod-turning event, which marks the beginning of construction of the house, is a proud milestone for everyone involved.
“It’s been a huge effort by everyone involved in PIF House Clayton to welcome so many different businesses on board to help with this project,” Ms Bloom says.
“So far, more than 35 different businesses across the construction spectrum have lent a helping hand. With their support, construction is about to commence and we’re one step closer to being able to provide much needed supported housing for at-risk youth.
“It’s not too late for other businesses who would like to get involved to put their hand up, so we encourage anyone interested to get in contact with Frasers Property.”
Ms Bloom says the house has been designed to create a warm, friendly, nurturing and calming atmosphere in a home-like environment for the young people and carers that will live there.
The house will feature a timber pergola, an array of planter boxes, outdoor courtyard, a garage workshop, three-metre high ceiling in communal areas, floor-to-ceiling windows and multiple skylights to create an open and light environment, connected to nature.
“It’s a home anyone would be happy to live in, a space young people can feel welcome and safe in, with the support they need to reach the next stage of their lives,” Ms Bloom says.
Kate Mills, CEO at the Property Industry Foundation says: “The Property Industry Foundation brings together the generosity and skills of the property and construction industry to build homes for homeless youth.
“Last year the Foundation built or funded an additional 30 bedrooms for young people who need a home – this included an 18-bedroom crisis centre in Melbourne, a 6-bedroom house in Orange and a 6-bedroom house in Sydney.
“This year the Foundation expects to build or fund another 40 bedrooms, including this 6-bedroom house in Clayton. It’s amazing what the property and construction industry can do when it comes together to end youth homelessness.
“In particular, when leading organisations such as Frasers Property get involved in the PIF House Program, it results in a tangible outcome for young Australians in need,” Ms Mills says.
To find out more about the PIF House Program, visit www.pif.com.au/pif-house-program/
For more information about Frasers Property Australia, visit www.frasersproperty.com.au
Building industry suppliers volunteering time, expertise, materials and skills to PIF House Clayton:
- Reeds Consulting
- Douglas Partners Pty Ltd
- Irwin Consult
- McKenzie Group
- Morris Goding Access Consulting
- McCullough Robertson
- Internal FPA
- City Circle
- Reeds Consulting
- Ausco Modular
- Clark Cranes
- Bingo Bins
- Finns Set-Out
- Ware Solutions
- Angelo Italian Concrete
- Timber Truss
- Bayhill Roofing
- Belle Skylights
- Stilcon Scaffolding
- Austral Bricks
- Ware Solutions
- Hadley Insulation
- Dulux Group
- Eco Garage Doors
- Beaumont Tiles
- Classic Caulking
- Smiths Floorworld
- Blind Factory
- SRD Fire Protection
- Yarra Valley Cabinet Makers
- Dynamic Waterproofing
- Skye Excavations
- Superior Heating & Cooling
- Tyquin Plumbing
- H&O Plumbing