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The Foundation's PIF House Program had an exciting 2016 – with more to come!

The Foundation's PIF House Program had an exciting 2016 – with more to come!

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The PIF House Program, which builds medium-term accommodation and provides mentoring and life-skills for homeless young people, had a successful 2016 with a second home opened in Victoria and construction starting on three homes in NSW.

In June 2016, the Foundation, with construction partner Henley Properties, opened the second house in Victoria in Coburg. The house is operated by Charity Partner Lighthouse Foundation and houses up to four young people.

Along with the first Victorian PIF House in Bonbeach, also operated by Lighthouse Foundation, and built by Frasers Property Australia (formerly Australand) a total of up to eight young people at a time will be cared for.

The Property Industry Foundation is providing $175,000 funding to assist with the operation of the home and live-in carers at PIF House Bonbeach. The live-in carers will play an essential role in providing a therapuetic care program to enable young residents to transition to independence.

In August 2016 we turned the first sod on two PIF Houses at Wesley Dundas, Sydney, with principal contractor Lendlease providing pro bono design project management and construction services. The construction is valued at $800,000. Property Industry Foundation will also provide $300,000pa for five years to fund house parents who will give vital support and mentoring to young residents.

In December, we again donned the hard hats to turn the sod on another PIF House, this time in Blacktown, Sydney.   PIF House Blacktown is a project of the Property Industry Foundation for Marist180 with Frasers Property Australia providing pro bono design services, construction expertise and project management. Construction is valued at $520,000.

In 2017, these PIF Houses in Sydney will provide 27 young people with a safe place to live – and support and mentoring to truly become independent.

In Brisbane, the Foundation is planning to work with Brisbane Youth Services to refurbish PIF House Carina. The construction of a second PIF House is also in the pipeline.

In the next 5 years, we’re aiming to build 125 bedrooms for homeless young people and provide them with counselling and life skills to transition to independent living.