New home, new hope for at-risk young people

New home, new hope for at-risk young people


The Property Industry Foundation today launched the construction of its next home for at-risk young people, the 6-bedroom PIF Strongbuild House at Toongabbie, to start construction this year built by Strongbuild for Marist180. 


The home will accommodate 5 young people and Marist180 will provide therapeutic care services, including a house manager who provides mentoring and support to the young people while they reside in the house. While the construction value of the home will be $570,000, the Foundation is aiming for 50 per cent of services and supplies to be donated.


Easrlier in the day Western Sydney Aboriginal Elder, Uncle Greg, led a small group of Marist180 and Foundation staff through a smoking ceremony.


Kate Mills, Chief Executive Officer, Property Industry Foundation, said the Foundation’s goal was to build 125 bedrooms between 2017-2021. 


“Many young people have unstable or unsafe home environments and need a nurturing place to live that assists them as they look for work or engage in study,” she said. “The unique role the Foundation plays is to enable the creation of these houses.”   


“The way we do that is to bring the skills and resources from across the property and construction industry to build the homes.  In this case Strongbuild will be the principal contractor and project manager.” 

Strongbuild Managing Director, Adam Strong, said that in addition to the company being a donor to the Foundation, it wanted to have an even bigger impact on at-risk young people. 


“We are passionate about building homes that have a positive effect on how people live and this is an opportunity for us to use our skills and experience to greatly assist at-risk young people in the journey to create independent lives,” he said.  


Marist180 Interim CEO, Jes Stone-Herbert, said the young people who will live in the house will be expected to engage in education or employment.   


“We will be assisting the young people in rebuilding their lives, providing them with life skills and a stable foundation for their future so they are on a strong path to independent living,” she said. 


The Property Industry Foundation is very grateful to Bennett Murada Architects and Rider Levett Bucknall Quantity Surveyors for the work they will be doing on this project.