PIF House Program

PIF House Program

42 per cent of homeless people in Australia are under 25 years old* and each night they struggle to find safe, warm places to sleep.

Between 2017 – 2021 the Property Industry Foundation is building 125 bedrooms in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane – so that young people have a secure place to call home.

We’re making a difference, bringing together companies and people from across the industry to provide in-kind services, professional advice and goods as well as donations to build secure homes and bedrooms for at-risk and homeless young people.

Help us reduce youth homelessness!




Given below is an infographic to show the difference we've made to the lives of at-risk youth.



*2016 ABS Census

Building homes and providing support for at-risk and homeless young people

The national PIF House Program builds homes for at-risk and homeless young people across NSW, Victoria and Queensland. In these homes, carers and counsellors provide support and mentoring to rebuild young lives.

The Foundation is enabled to deliver the PIF House Program through generous donations from many of our property industry consultants, builders, suppliers and supporters who provide their time, expertise, goods and services by way of in-kind and cash contributions.

This year we have constructed one home in Sydney with two more to open soon, providing a total  27 young people at a time with a safe place to sleep and start to build independent lives. In Brisbane, the first PIF House was built in Windsor in 2014 and accommodates five young people plus a live-in carer. We have completed two houses in Melbourne, which provide safe, nurturing homes for young people.

In the next 5 years, our target is to build 125 bedrooms for at-risk and homeless young people and provide them with counselling and life skills to transition to independent living.
PIF Houses provide a home for young people who are being assisted by our Charity Partners to overcome life challenges. In these homes they are guided to take their place back in the community to either study or to find work and eventually transition to independent living.

About PIF House

While different Charity Partners operate each PIF house, they all have similar residential programs that create:

  • a nurturing, positive place that promotes life skills, education and a transition to independence.
  • a therapeutic environment where young people have opportunities to overcome their difficulties.
  • support that helps young people rebuild their lives and return to the community to live independently.

As part of the PIF House Program, the Foundation works with a number of state-based and national Charity Partners who specialise in caring for at-risk young people and making a difference to the serious and persistent of youth homelessness. The expertise of our Charity Partners allows them to successfully deliver valuable social outcomes under this program.


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Click here for images of PIF HOUSE WESLEY DUNDAS

Project: Thank you to Lendlease - major sponsor of this significant community project; the building team has developed four houses and 2 residential quarters for house-carers through the refurbishment of two buildings - Wesley Herring House and Wesley Lynford Lodge, on a community site owned by Wesley Mission. The two buildings has been designed to create the four houses - in total 24 bedrooms.

The Property Industry Foundation has contributed $800,000 toward the $2m construction costs, as well as assisted Lendlease with sourcing donated services and supplies for the project; as well as committed $300,000 donation each year for the next 5 years to assist with managing the facility.

Click here to learn about Wesley Mission's Take Charge of Your Life program

Officially opened 27 November 2017. Click here for the invitation and program

Click here for media articles Parramatta Sun | Insights Magazine

Click here for photos Official Opening | Workabees | Bunnings Workabee

Click here to watch Lendlease and Property Industry Foundation thanks to the project's subcontractors and suppliers

Click here for images of PIF HOUSE BLACKTOWN

Project: Frasers Property Australia - major sponsor of this important community project, has developed a large family home for 5 homeless young people and a special room and counselling area for house-carers.  The original house was demolished soas to create a brand-new home.

A special thank you to Frasers Property for providing probono design services, construction expertise and project management to deliver this outstanding project.

The Property Industry Foundation contributed $220,000 toward the $520,000 construction costs, as well as assisted Frasers Property with sourcing donated services and supplies for the project.

Officially opened 11 August 2017. Click here for the invitation | program | watch our  Opening video

Click to view the media articles The Daily Telegraph | Liverpool City Champion | Financial Review | Sydney Morning Herald

Click to view photos and articles Official Opening | Frasers Property Workabee | Urbis Workabee

Click here for images of PIF HOUSE DULWICH HILL

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Click here for images of PIF HOUSE REDFERN

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Click here for images of PIF HOUSE NOWRA-ONE

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Other NSW building projects providing new or refurbished bedrooms

  •  14 bedroom house in Lewisham operated by Wesley Mission
  •  Two 5-bedroom houses, Five Dock operated by Catholic Care
  •  two 10-bedroom houses at Sutton Forest operated by Father Riley Youth Off the Streets
  •  11-bedroom house, Canyonleigh operated by Father Riley Youth Off the Streets
  •  6-bedroom house at Robertson operated by Sir David Martin Foundation
  •  5-bedroom house at Emu Plains operated by Marist180
  •  5-bedroom house in Manly operated by The Burdekin Association
  •  emergency accommodation at Surry Hills operated by Salvation Army



New 6-bedroom house – Bonbeach, Melbourne, operated by Lighthouse Foundation. Building Partner, Australand (now known as Frasers Property Australia). Completed 2014.


New 6-bedroom house – Coburg, Melbourne, operated by Lighthouse Foundation. Building Partner, Henley Properties. Completed 2016.

Click here to see photos from the official opening



Building projects providing refurbished bedrooms

  • 5 x bedroom house in Heathmont operated by Lighthouse Foundation. Project Manager, Montlaur. Building Partner, Buildcorp Interiors. 2015.
  • 6 x bedroom house in Boronia operated by Lighthouse Foundation. Project Manager and Building Partner, Watpac. 2012.
  • 6 x bedroom house in Cheltenham operated by Lighthouse Foundation. Project Manager and Building Partner, Probuild. 2010.




A parcel of land has been gifted to the Foundation by the Queensland Government as part of their GLASS Program. In May this year the Foundation lodged a DA for the development of the first PIF House in Brisbane. 

As a direct result of the PIF House GLASS project, 3 families and 6 individuals will be taken off the street and put into this transitional housing for a period of 12 months to 2 years.

By partnering with Brisbane Youth Service, who will operate the facility, these young people will be supported through Brisbane Youth Service operated mentoring programs with the view to moving into more permanent housing following their stay in the PIF House.

Click here for more information on the PIF House GLASS Project.


PIF House Carina

The Foundation is currently working with Brisbane Youth Service to determine the most efficient and best use for a house / site currently operated by BYS.

Located in Carina, the existing property is asbestos ridden and currently only occupies about 50% of the site. The Foundation will deliver a project that accommodates young people as well as a live-in carer to provide additional support whilst living in the house, with the view to transitioning into more permanent housing.


Other QLD building projects providing new or refurbished bedrooms


Play + Grow Centre, Toowong

The Foundation has gifted Anglicare Southern Queensland (ASQ) $90,000 in cash to develop a brand new “Play + Grow Centre” and through our network has provided in-kind services to refurbish their homeless women’s shelter in Toowong.

With in-kind support from the Foundation’s network, the Homeless Women’s Shelter, (formerly known as St Mary’s), will be redesigned and refurbished. The outcome is to reconfigure the rooms to include 8 x two bedroom pods so women who are pregnant can be accommodated in a pod together, or a woman with children could use a pod to herself.

Utilising the $90,000 cash donation from the Foundation, ASQ will build a play area for children to be called the “Play + Grow Centre”. The new play area will be attached to a workshop and learning space for the young women living in the homeless shelter, and will provide a space for outside play and interaction between mother and child.

Mothers will be able to supervise their children while attending education programs that help them to build skills, resilience and friendship.


Betty Willis Wing refurbishment, Toowoomba

The Foundation will contribute $68,000 to convert the ground floor of the Betty Willis Wing of 112 Mary Street into seven additional bedrooms to meet the increasing demand of homeless young people in Toowoomba.

The funds will also contribute to general maintenance, replacing the floor coverings within the wing, installing a security system and supplementation for an emergency housing support worker.

The Betty Willis Wing will offer private rooms with shared facilities, along with an on-site caretaker.



5-bedroom house, Windsor operated by Brisbane Youth Services. Completed 2014.