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Youth Homelessness

Every night there are 44,000  young Australians without a safe and secure place to sleep. Not every young person is able to live with their family and for many, foster families are not available. They need a safe and secure place to rebuild their lives. The Property Industry Foundation exists to solve this problem of youth homelessness.

The Property Industry Foundation believes that every young Australian deserves a safe, secure home environment – which provides a foundation of opportunity from which they can determine their future. We lead & coordinate the efforts of our industry, along with our charity partners, to create these safe & secure environments.

Our Purpose

PIF House Sunshine Coast for The Salvation Army

The funds raised from Tour de PIF Brisbane  will make a significant difference in helping to provide shelter for victims of family and domestic violence and in turn reduce the flow on impact to youth homelessness.  The Foundation's latest project with the Salvation Army is a safe and welcoming three-bedroom, two-bathroom home on the Sunshine Coast, tailored to holistic domestic violence recovery.

Approximately 37 per cent of children and young people aged 15-24 who seek help from homelessness services are recorded as experiencing domestic and family violence[1], with 24,142 police reports of family and domestic violence in Queensland during 2019/20[2].

The Salvation Army Family Violence State Manager for the Northern Territory and Queensland Dianne Gipey said construction on this project wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the industry and wider community.

“We are only able to do this important work through the support of the Queensland community and it’s thanks to their generosity that we have been able to keep up the work we do. With family and domestic violence the leading cause of homelessness, this house represents hope and provides just that to the women and youth of Queensland without a safe place to sleep tonight,” Ms Gipey said.

The Foundation has been building and refurbishing homes for homeless youth since 1996. We bring together the property and construction industry to build homes for homeless youth through a cost-efficient model, The PIF House Program. This unique 50/50 building model effectively takes every $1 raised and doubles its value. Each night, 1 in 3 young people are being turned away from supported accommodation services, through our PIF House program, the Property Industry Foundation is increasing the supply of accommodation for these young people. The Foundation has been building and refurbishing homes for homeless youth since 1996. We bring together the property and construction industry to build homes for homeless youth through a cost-efficient model, The PIF House Program.  This unique 50/50 building model effectively takes every $1 raised and doubles its value. Each night, 1 in 3 young people are being turned away from supported accommodation services, through our PIF House program, the Property Industry Foundation is increasing the supply of accommodation for these young people.

[1] Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2018), Specialist homelessness services annual report 2017-18, Canberra, AIHW

[2] Equity Economics: Nowhere to go. The Benefits of Providing Long Term Social Housing to Women that have Experience Domestic and Family Violence. July 2021

House Program