In 2016, the Foundation made a Signature Grant of $600,000 to VincentCare Victoria to address homelessness in North Melbourne and its surrounding suburbs.
This innovative project is redeveloping and expanding the housing options at Ozanam House. Established in 1953, Ozanam House provides accommodation and support services for people who are experiencing homelessness. The Foundation's grant is enabling VincentCare Victoria to transform Ozanam House into a state-of-art facility.
The redevelopment will include 63 crisis accommodation apartments, 41 transitional apartments, and 26 independent living units for adults over the age of 50 who have experienced long-term homelessness.
The redevelopment will also move the Ozanam Community Centre onto the same site, providing clients with easier access to vital services that help them transition out of long-term homelessness.
The Ozanam Community Centre currently supports an average of 180 women and men each day, many of whom are sleeping rough. The Centre offers a wide range of support including meals, showers and laundry facilities, housing information, and on-site health providers.
The new Ozanam House co-located accommodation and service platform is a Victorian first and is designed to break the cycle of disadvantage that leads to long-term homelessness.