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PIF rallies builders and providers in support of homeless youths 

Property Industry Foundation (PIF) has partnered with a consortium of consultants and suppliers to help build Melbourne City Mission’s $8 million Frontyard Youth Services redevelopment. 

The project will transform Frontyard – Victoria’s largest early intervention and crisis service for homeless and at risk youths – into a space capable of offering 24/7 support, including two floors of crisis accommodation and onsite mental health, drug and alcohol, and disability expertise.

Consultant teams offering their services pro-bono include Ashurst, Case Meallin, Slattery, Urbis, Wood & Grieve Engineers now part of Stantec, Hendry, Equitable Access Solutions, Irwinconsult, Built and Norman Disney & Young.

Project leader for Norman Disney & Young, Gabriel Lu, said the programme resonates personally with him.

“I identify as a gay male and in the LGBT community many young people who come out can sometimes feel unsafe to go home,” said Lu.

“As an engineer and a supporter of these young people, it’s great to be able to help them.” 

A number of suppliers are also dedicating fittings and other materials to the project, including Harvey Norman, Highbury Plumbing and Haydens Ceiling.

Article courtesy of Fifth Estate; published 7 March 2019

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