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Melbourne unites on World Homeless Day

A photo of the front steps and foyer of Frontyard 10 October 2019

MCM will be among many homeless service providers, corporate, philanthropists, and local governments lending its skills and expertise to build more crisis accommodation for more than 300 people that are currently sleeping rough on the streets of Melbourne each night. 

Together with The City of Melbourne, MCM will work collaboratively to find, assess and redevelop suitable buildings to deliver more beds and support services to help people sleeping rough find a pathway out of homelessness. 

The vision is to build a greater supply of supported accommodation to help people off the streets and provide the wrap-around services required to build pathways into secure housing for people sleeping rough in Melbourne. 

Melbourne City Mission, Chief Executive Officer, Vicki Sutton, welcomed the initiative as taking the necessary steps to help end homelessness.       

This coordinated approach addresses the need to stop some of the state’s most vulnerable young people entering long-term entrenched homelessness

Ms Sutton said. 

Major corporate partners include Lendlease, NAB and PWC and philanthropic groups such as Housing All Australians, Gandel Philanthropy and the Stamoulis Foundation. Local governments include the City of Darebin, the City of Yarra, and the City of Port Phillip. Service providers involved include the Salvation Army, VincentCare, Melbourne City Mission and Launch Housing. 

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