Case Study Social Housing Initiative—Gillies Street, Wendouree
Disadvantaged and homeless youth in the Ballarat area of Victoria are the beneficiaries of a new development in Gillies Street, Wendouree. Built by funds from FaHCSIA through the Nation Building—Economic Stimulus Plan—Social Housing Initiative, the centre integrates both learning and accommodation. It was formally opened on 17 March 2011 and is named Karrung, which can mean ’my place’, ‘hut’, ’home’ or ’camp’ in the local Wada Wurrung language.
It is designed for youth aged 16 to 25 who are moving from dependence to independence, providing these young people with affordable accommodation for up to two years while they undertake training and seek employment.
The purpose-built facility incorporates self-contained units that help to promote independent living skills, while the communal spaces can be used for study and socialising. The facility ensures tenant safety through a CCTV system and zoned access areas that allow entry only to tenants and staff. These features ensure that all tenants feel safe in their homes and have a sense of responsibility for their neighbours. The service is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Ongoing funding for support services is provided by the Australian and Victorian governments through the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness.