The below article is courtesy of Australian National Construction Review; first published 27 May 2019. It features words from Grant Holman, Melbourne Office Manager and Director at Wood & Grieve Engineers, now part of Stantec (WGE).
On any given night 1 in 200 people are homeless, with 42% of them being under 25 years old. This makes it nearly 44,000 young Australians sleeping rough on the streets each night, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
As members of the construction and property industry, we need to be doing our part to help alleviate the issue of youth homelessness to better our communications overall.
Our team was fortunate enough to work on the $8 million redevelopment of Melbourne City Mission’s Frontyard Youth Services at 19 King Street in Melbourne through the Property Industry Foundation (PIF).
Frontyard is Victoria’s largest early intervention and crisis service for young people who are experiencing, or are at risk of, homelessness. The redevelopment of the facility has transformed it into an innovative 24/7 service with onsite mental health, drug and alcohol and disability expertise and will include two floors of crisis accommodation for those who are currently sleeping rough in the city.
We worked alongside a large consortium of consultants and suppliers who donated services and resources to the Frontyard redevelopment through PIF. For all the consultants onboard with this project, there is no financial gain – but we all have the same common aspiration to help our homeless youth through creating an environment that will support them.
Together we can all make an impact and improve the lives of the people in our country.
Find out more about Melbourne City Mission’s Frontyard redevelopment project: