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.
6,000 young people in Victoria do not have a safe and secure home.
They are either without a shelter of any kind, sleeping rough; with a place to sleep but temporarily in institutions or shelter; living in insecure housing– threatened with severe exclusion due to insecure tenancies, eviction, domestic violence; or living in inadequate housing – in caravans on illegal campsites, in unfit housing, in extreme overcrowding.
Although there has been a disproportionate rise in rough sleeping, the biggest increase in youth homelessness over the past few years is attributed to the growing problem of severe overcrowding — that is, people crammed into dwellings with at least four bedrooms fewer than required.
The Property Industry Foundation exists to solve this problem of youth homelessness. We bring together the property and construction industry to build homes for homeless youth. Once built, we hand these new homes over to our frontline charity partners which then run the homes.
When the Property Industry Foundation commits to build for a charity partner, we fundraise for the entire build – we want to make sure these homes get completed. You can help us by riding for homeless youth on Friday 19 November 2021.
You will be raising funds to build homes for young people here in Victoria. At the beginning of 2022, PIF House Clayton for the Lighthouse Foundation and PIF House West Refuge for Melbourne City Mission will be open. Without this support – a stable home with wrap-around support – these young people would simply not have the opportunity to rebuild their lives. These home is a chance for them to break inter-generational poverty and homelessness. Let’s come together to make a difference in their lives.
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.