Our impact is sustainable -because it has a commercial base
Australia is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, but there are many people in our society who are falling behind. It was not very long ago that it was accepted that everyone has a right to a safe place to live. Not just a roof over your head, but a home – a place you know is yours for as long as you want it, that reflects your family, your interests and loves, a place where cherished memories are made, a place that provides essential privacy. Home is the foundation of connectedness and cultural identity. Being able to choose where you make your home means your kids can stay at the same school and make friends, and no matter what your stage of life, you can be part of your local community. Home is not just where the heart is, it is the bedrock of everybody’s health and happiness.
How do people become homeless?
The reasons for homelessness are many and varied and can include a mixture of structural factors, systematic failures and individual circumstances.
Domestic and family abuse is an increasingly common reason for seeking homelessness services. The AIHW found that 106,000, or 38% of people requiring services, sought support due to domestic and family abuse in 2015-16. This was a 33% increase from 2011–12, when the collection began, and a 14% increase from 2014–15.
Domestic and family abuse was the most common reason for accessing services in Victoria, the Northern Territory and Western Australia. The latter had the highest rate (43%), while the Northern Territory and Victoria came close behind with 40% and 42% respectively. Nationally, 35% of people access homelessness services for this reason.
1 in 5 women and 1 in 4 children in Australia is affected by domestic abuse.
Another common reason for homelessness is housing affordability. In five of the eight states and territories, this was the most common reason for accessing homelessness services. It was most common in Tasmania where 60% of clients cited it as a reason, while 54% of clients reported it in New South Wales, which is notorious for its soaring capital city house prices.
If we take a moment to look around in our communities, we find that housing stress has become a far-reaching prevalent issue. For many individuals and families, particularly in our metropolitan areas, and especially if they are receiving government income, payments are now so far below the real cost of living they are paying 50% or more of their income in rent, and living with the constant threat of becoming homeless.
WE WANT TO EMPOWER
Project4Change aims to provide a sustainable solution to housing in Australia. We raise equity through private investment and donations to finance our housing projects. We develop and build medium-density houses, townhouses and house-and-land packages on the fringes of capital cities and regional towns, offering our housing for sale or rent at a realistic, affordable price.
We build complex, diverse communities designed to suit the people in greatest need - including people on waiting lists for social housing, people facing housing crisis, people with disabilities, people who have experienced abuse, and the elderly.
On any given night in Australia 1 in 200 people are homeless.
Why are people homeless?
Project 4 Change builds practical housing, designed for life.
Private Investment for a positive impact.
Project4Change seeks investment from private individuals and companies - both as tax-deductible donations to our Gift Fund and as investment to our Community Impact Investment fund, we use these funds as equity for housing developments.