Author's Name: Kay Durrant
Date: Fri 25 Nov 2022

My Home Update November 2022


Eighteen older women at risk of homelessness will move into brand new North Fremantle homes in February. “My Home” is an extraordinary and immediate response to the housing crisis. Eighteen homes are being built in Congdon Street right now, with completion due in February. The innovative project brings together private enterprise, government and community members to build small, low-impact homes using Passivhaus principles. This Fremantle initiative is exciting, alive and almost complete.

Many organisations are involved pro bono. Whilst Rotary has furnished these homes, it is now time to make them more personal and homely with bedding, linen, towels, kitchen equipment and the like. There is now the opportunity for personal donations both large and small. Tenants will live in the houses for as long as required to regain independence and confidence. For many, their “My Home” house will be their forever home.

The Community Housing Provider St Pats will manage the sensitive allocation of homes to their new residents based on Housing First principles. The process targets those most in need but ensures that there will be a mix of tenants, who will contribute to the overall well-being and success of individual residents.

St Pats provides property and tenancy management services, and provides a link to any support services required to help the residents manage their lives and integrate into the community.

How can you help Rotary turn a house into a home?

This extraordinary project plans to develop similar sites in East Victoria Park with an opportunity to expand to the wider region of the state.

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