How Building Tiny Homes can help youth experiencing homelessness

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Tiny Homes Project receives funding in the Commbank Grassroots Grants
Uniting Wimmera’s Client Engagement and ChildFIRST Manager Josh Koenig, tiny homes project coordinator Clare Jones and Commbank Horsham branch manager Peter Trask and agribusiness executive Marc Thomas.

Media release

Uniting Wimmera is thrilled to be one of 220 youth-focused organisations across the country to receive a 2017 Commbank Community Grant.

The Community Grant consists of $10,000 each year for a period of three years and will help fund a unique pilot program that uses tiny homes as temporary housing for the increasing number of 14-17 year olds who are experiencing homelessness.

Uniting Wimmera Chief Executive Wendy Sturgess said the ’Building Tiny Homes’ concept had not yet been trialed in the region and believed it would be an innovative way to tackle homelessness in conjunction with wider support services.

“Young people will be involved in the design process of building their own tiny home, creating a sense of ownership so that it really feels like home for them.

“The project will also offer a number of support services to help young people achieve stability, as well as build on their strengths and independent living skills.

“In the last year 116 young people have accessed Uniting Wimmera’s services and of these 102 were at risk of or experiencing homelessness, receiving some funding for a project like this really will help change the lives of young people in our community.”

All Community Grants were awarded for a period of three years to support the financial sustainability of community organisations so they can deliver crucial programs over the longer term.

People wishing to learn more or support the project can get in touch with project coordinator Clare Jones at Uniting Wimmera on 5362 4000.