East West Houses To Help Homeless Start Over

Twenty homes that were compulsorily acquired for the East West Link project will now provide a safe and secure home for Victorians in need in an initial transfer by the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley joined with the Salvation Army and the Collingwood Football Club Foundation’s Magpie Nest housing project to formally hand over the keys for the first house.

The houses will provide shelter for at least 50 people, giving them a safe, stable environment to rebuild their lives. Residents will be provided with case management support from the Salvation Army’s Project 614.

Residents of Magpie Nest housing project will be able to participate in community activities such as sport, or arts and cultural programs, to help rebuild their connection to community.

The Labor Government has kept its commitment to ensure that Victorians who had their homes compulsorily acquired were given the option of buying back their homes, with the remaining housing used to help accommodate vulnerable families.

The announcement marks the start of Housing Week 2015, running from September 6-12. While Housing Week was abandoned by the previous Liberal Government, the Labor Government is committed to growing and improving social housing.

The theme of Housing Week this year is Growing Together. It is a time to celebrate the contribution of the social housing community to Victoria, and start a conversation around how to grow and improve social housing.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability & Ageing Martin Foley

“We’ve offered people the opportunity to buy back their homes, and now we’re putting a roof over vulnerable families and individuals, giving them the chance to get back on their feet.”

“This partnership with the Salvation Army and Magpies Nest Housing is an example of how the Government is tackling homelessness and disadvantage in Victoria while also building liveable communities.”

Quotes attributable to Salvation Army Major Brendan Nottle

“Magpie Nest takes people off the streets and gives them the support they need to rebuild their lives. We’re delighted to be working with this government to help more Victorians.”

Quotes attributable to Collingwood Football Club’s Director of Stadia, Events and Community David Emerson

“We’re very pleased to welcome the Andrews’ Government’s support for the Magpie Nest housing project. This will help provide homes for at least another 50 Victorians in need.”

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