Collingwood Football Club may be on the brink of AFL Grand Final glory this weekend but the club’s charitable project, Magpie Nest housing program, is also kicking goals off the field.
The housing program helps improve the lives of more than 100 people experiencing or at risk of homelessness each year.
A partnership between The Salvation Army, Melbourne Project 614 and Collingwood Football Club Foundation, Magpie Nest provides accommodation to 130 people , with 45 two-and-three-bedroom homes.
The Victorian Government recently confirmed $2 million for the Magpie Nest at a Footy Final Lunch attended by residents and Collingwood Football Club representatives and players.
The event was also an opportunity to celebrate the success of the program, which aims to make a genuine difference in the lives of people experiencing homelessness by giving them a network of support services as well as safe and affordable accommodation.
Homes Victoria CEO Simon Newport Homes Victoria CEO Simon Newport said the program is making a “significant positive impact”.
"All Victorians deserve appropriate housing throughout their lives,” Mr Newport said.
“A home provides the foundation for social and economic participation. It’s one of the pillars that helps us work towards a life of meaning and purpose.
“We’re proud to partner with the Collingwood Football Club and the Salvo’s, so people who need housing support can rebuild their lives and thrive.”
Magpie Nest provides support for people sleeping rough, couch surfing or living in sub-standard accommodation.
The program provides housing across Melbourne and support from case workers who provide individual support and care including links to mental health, drug and alcohol services, legal, employment and training services.
There is also an emphasis on residents engaging with community activities, such as sport, arts and cultural programs.