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Make Room: Construction begins on state-of-the-art apartments for Victorians experiencing homelessness

Homes Victoria, in collaboration with Unison Housing, The City of Melbourne and Harris Construction officially started construction of the Make Room supportive housing program recently.  

The Make Room program which is based on a ‘common ground’ housing model, will convert an existing council-owned building into a state-of-the-art six-storey apartment complex with 50-studio apartments and onsite supports.  

Once complete in July 2024, the facility will provide safe accommodation and wraparound services to help Victorians experiencing homelessness and rough sleeping rebuild their lives and thrive.  

Homes Victoria CEO Simon Newport described the program as “truly innovative”.  

“The Make Room program sets a new benchmark for transitional supportive housing in Victoria,” Mr Newport said.  

“The program offers dignity, safety and hope for individuals experiencing homelessness and rough sleeping.”  

Make Room supports include homelessness and health services, alcohol and other drug support and mental health services.  

The facility will also provide a 24-hour concierge, a social enterprise, meeting rooms and office spaces and a therapeutic rooftop garden.  

Mr Newport congratulated all involved in this important project, including our Homelessness Support division who have been working with key stakeholders to make the project a reality. 

“Construction commencement marks a major milestone in this important project, which is another great example of state and local government working together with the housing and specialists homelessness sectors,” Mr Newport said.  

“More than ever housing matters most, and this facility will help break the cycle of homelessness and provide people who need housing support with a brighter future.”

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