December 5 2019
By The Ian Potter Foundation
Launch Housing was awarded a $2.5 million major grant towards its Families Supportive Housing project, an 8-storey permanent supportive housing complex with support services for women and their children escaping domestic violence.
The building will be located in Dandenong and include 60 apartments, communal spaces, play areas, 24-hour security as well as an entire floor dedicated to support services such as family counselling. The trauma-informed supported accommodation will include communal spaces, play areas and sensory gardens.
By offering permanent housing, this project will support women and children in dire circumstances to stabilise their lives, allow children to maintain or re-engage with schooling and address their mental health concerns.
This will be the first project of its kind in Australia, in a single location, of this scale. While the need is much greater than can be addressed by this project, it is hoped it will be a successful 'demonstration project' allowing government to assess the social and economic value of permanent housing versus crisis accommodation which does not solve the issue of homelessness.