PIF House Program
There are over 110,000 homeless people in Australia and 44,000 of those are under 25 years' old. 16,000 are under 12!*
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!
*2016 ABS Census
Building homes and providing support for at-risk and homeless young people
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.
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.
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.
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
Click here to watch Lendlease and Property Industry Foundation thanks to the project's subcontractors and suppliers
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.
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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
A new 18-bedroom, $8 million crisis accommodation and support facility built for Melbourne City Mission’s Frontyard Youth Services. Located in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, the Frontyard Youth Services centre will be able to assist between 30 – 60 young people between the ages of 12 - 25 each day. It is a four story building, containing two floors of crisis accommodation and connected services which address the immediate and long-term needs of young people, 24 hours a day. The project also received a fantastic $1.5m in in-kind support. Completed May 2019.
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.
PIF House Brisbane
The PIF team are in the final planning stage for their newest project - PIF House Brisbane.
The PIF House Brisbane project will be the refurbishment of the existing 3-bedroom house on a property in Brisbane’s inner-north, as well as the construction of 3 x 1 bedroom apartments and 3 x 2 bedroom apartments – a total of 12 more bedrooms to add to the housing opportunities currently on offer for homeless young people.
With a build cost of $2.5 million and the January 2020 construction date fast approaching, PIF are putting the call out to the industry to donate whatever resources or services they can.
Homelessness has reached a crisis point in Australia, so PIF are committed to creating projects, such as PIF House Brisbane, to provide young people with a safe place to sleep and much needed support to take their place back in the community and transition to independent living.
PIF have had a fantastic year for fundraising, which has provided a base for the initial construction work, but support from the property industry is essential to ensure this project is completed for the homeless youths of Brisbane.
PIF are seeking in-kind donations of a range of building items and services including:
• Ceramic tiles
• Door hardware
• Doors and frames
• External works
• Flashing, gutters, downpipes
• Glazed windows & doors
• Joinery cabinetry
• Light & fan fixtures
• Masonry block
• Plumbing fixtures
• Reinforcing steel
• Roof sheeting
• Shower screens
• Structural steel
• Timber wall & floor framing
• Wall & ceiling linings
• Washroom accessories
PIF have launched the Piece by Piece campaign in order to spread the word about the PIF House Brisbane project. This campaign was created as a way to share project news, celebrate donations and increase awareness on the importance projects that help combat homelessness. Follow PIF on Facebook to keep up to date with the progress of PIF House Brisbane.
For more information on this project or to donate, please contact Emma via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.