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Frontyard project nearing completion for Melbourne CBD's homeless youth

Frontyard project nearing completion for Melbourne CBD's homeless youth

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The renewal of Melbourne City Mission’s Frontyard service for 12 to 24-year-olds in crisis is in full swing with electrical works completed, interior walls fitted, and lifts excavated. The work site is buzzing with a united commitment to reduce youth homelessness across Melbourne. 

The Property Industry Foundation has partnered with Melbourne City Mission on an $8 million project completely transforming  Frontyard - Victoria’s largest crisis service for homeless or at-risk youth - into a world-first model of integrated support that also includes two floors of crisis accommodation.  

This project would not be possible without our key stakeholders Ashurst, Case Meallin, Urbis, Slattery, Fender Katsalidis, NDY, Wood & Grieve Engineers, Hendry Group, Equitable Access Solutions, Irwinconsult and Built who generously provided their services pro-bono. 

The centre will have a 24-hour support team, along with additional mental health workers, drug and alcohol programs and a bridging program to support youth transition out of homelessness and into jobs, community and stable housing. 

In the next few months the street outreach team will start their work with young people who are sleeping rough around the CBD and inner suburbs. A Frontyard app is also being designed which will provide clients with even greater resources to stay connected. 

The new Frontyard will open in April 2019.