MELBOURNE, 23 NOVEMBER 2020
Work is progressing on PIF House Clayton, a new house being purpose built in Melbourne’s south-east for at-risk youth, with the home’s slab being poured by local contractors this week.
It marks an important milestone for the project, which is being built as part of a three-way partnership between Frasers Property Australia, the Property Industry Foundation (PIF) and the Lighthouse Foundation.
Melbourne-based Crema Group supplied the concrete for the slab and Anglo Italian Concrete completed the pour, with the local companies together contributing materials and labour typically valued at around $50,000 on a pro bono basis.
With the construction industry still free of the workplace shutdowns affecting other industries in response to the COVID-19 health crisis, work on PIF House has been able to proceed to the next stage.
“Frasers Property has been able to keep this project moving during this difficult time for the whole community,” Sarah Bloom, General Manager Development Victoria at Frasers Property Australia.
“It’s been a rewarding experience for everyone working on the project to have something positive to focus on. We are grateful to be part of a dedicated team working hard to ensure PIF House Clayton is ready to welcome its residents’ home by mid next year.”
PIF House Clayton is part of the PIF House Program, which launched in 2017 with the aim to build 125 bedrooms for at-risk and homeless youth in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland by mid-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, cared for by the Lighthouse Foundation. A host of other companies and organisations are also playing a part, donating materials, time, skills, and expertise to the project.
“The current challenges facing our whole community highlight how important it is to look after our most vulnerable in society. This is our way, as a creator of homes, to provide one of the most basic needs – safe shelter – for young people at risk of homelessness,” Ms Bloom says.
The six-bedroom house has been designed to create a warm, friendly, nurturing and calming atmosphere in a home environment for the young people and carers that will live there.
“Property Industry Foundation brings together the property and construction industry to have a tangible impact on youth homelessness,” says Kate Mills, Property Industry Foundation CEO.
“It’s thanks to the generosity of partners like Frasers Property that we are able to build homes for homeless youth across Australia.”