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Frontyard Redevelopment

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At a glance

Project
The Frontyard Disruptive Model - youth homelessness project
Organisation
Melbourne City Mission
Grant Type
Proactive Grant
Amount
$250,000

Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation supported Melbourne City Mission's redevelopment of its Frontyard Youth Services at 19 King Street, to meet the complex and dynamic needs of marginalised young people experiencing homelessness in Melbourne’s CBD.

Frontyard while under construction.

Wayne Merret, Frontyard’s General Manager, said Frontyard aims to positively impact the lives of young people every day, creating new opportunities and possibilities through innovative programs and service delivery.

“Frontyard provides integrated, responsive services for young people who are experiencing or who are at risk of homelessness.

“The Frontyard redevelopment aims to reduce the number of youth sleeping rough, improve their utilisation of services and break the cycle of entrenched adult homelessness.”

The foyer of the redeveloped Frontyard, which opened in May 2019.

This rebuilt facility provides improved accommodation with ‘active’ night shifts to meet the multiple needs of young people. Clinicians with specialist mental health, drug and alcohol, and other expertise will be part of the core team, all with the aim of supporting young people to get their lives back on track.

Within two months of its official opening in May 2019, Frontyard has helped over 712 young Victorians.

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