Homelessness & Affordable Housing

Supporting people into well-located, sustainable, good quality, safe and affordable housing in a sustainable city.
Homelessness & Affordable Housing grants in 2021/2022 financial year:
Total: $1.686 million
Homelessness & Affordable Housing grants in 2021/2022 financial year:
Total: $1.686 million

About

Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation has a longstanding commitment to alleviating homelessness.

We are working on the systemic causes of homelessness to prevent it.

We are also focused on ending enduring, entrenched homelessness.

The Foundation recognises that the lack of affordable housing is one of the primary causes of homelessness. As such we are working to increase the supply of quality affordable housing.

The Foundation is working towards achieving the following Outcomes:

  1. Homelessness or entrenchment of homelessness is prevented

  2. The supply of affordable, sustainable and healthy housing is increased

  3. Increased energy efficient and climate resilient homes for vulnerable households

Click on each of the Outcomes below for further information.

The Homelessness & Affordable Housing Impact Area aligns with these United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals:

5. Gender Equality 7. Affordable and clean energy 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities 13. Climate Action

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Outcomes

1. Homelessness or entrenchment of homelessness is prevented

Homelessness in Melbourne is increasing.  

The Foundation understands the complex range of issues that can lead someone to become homeless, including family violence, unexpected economic challenges, mental health issues, drug and alcohol and lack of affordable housing options, among others.

We work to better understand the core, underlying issues that drive homelessness and, most importantly, to put these findings into best practice interventions.  

We support early interventions, working systemically to prevent entry and entrenchment in homelessness. 
 
The Foundation’s support is focused on:

  • Organisations and interventions that utilise Housing First principles.
  • Research to better understand what interventions work.
  • Collaboration between sectors, to reduce drivers of homelessness.
 

2. The supply of affordable, sustainable and healthy housing is increased

Melbourne’s housing market is one of the most unaffordable in the world, yet a home is central to better health and happiness. 

The Foundation works to increase the number of very low and low income households living in affordable housing and to reduce housing affordability stress. 

We support the development of quality affordable housing, which is sustainable, well-designed, and built in locations that have access to transport, amenities, schools and employment - increasing the life opportunities of residents.  
 
The Foundation’s support is focused on:

  • Strategic and creative responses to increasing affordable housing, including demonstrating innovative financial models.
  • Affordable housing developments that are innovative and can be used as prototypes.
  • Community awareness to increase public support for affordable housing developments.

3. Increased energy efficient and climate resilient homes for vulnerable households

Our community is vulnerable to the changing climate and also a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions. Victoria’s per capita greenhouse gas emissions are among the highest in the world - approximately four times the global average.

While most temperature-related deaths in Australia can be attributed to cold weather, heatrelated impacts on health are increasing; causing more deaths than all other natural disasters combined.

People most at risk of these temperature-related effects, such as low-income households, are also under pressure from rising energy costs. In all our Impact Areas, the Foundation has a particular commitment to supporting the most disadvantaged people in our community.

The Foundation aims to increase the energy efficiency and climate resilience of vulnerable households to reduce the cost of living, reduce emissions and provide protection from temperature related health impacts.

The Foundation’s support is focused on:

  • Initiatives that directly increase the energy efficiency and climate resilience of vulnerable households, such as subsidy or retrofit programs, including where they potentially intersect with our interest in increasing the supply of affordable housing.
  • Activities that demonstrably influence relevant local, state and commonwealth policies, regulations and codes.
  • Research to better understand energy poverty, temperature-related risks, residential greenhouse gas emissions and measures to reduce them.

Homelessness in Melbourne is increasing.  

The Foundation understands the complex range of issues that can lead someone to become homeless, including family violence, unexpected economic challenges, mental health issues, drug and alcohol and lack of affordable housing options, among others.

We work to better understand the core, underlying issues that drive homelessness and, most importantly, to put these findings into best practice interventions.  

We support early interventions, working systemically to prevent entry and entrenchment in homelessness. 
 
The Foundation’s support is focused on:

  • Organisations and interventions that utilise Housing First principles.
  • Research to better understand what interventions work.
  • Collaboration between sectors, to reduce drivers of homelessness.
 

Melbourne’s housing market is one of the most unaffordable in the world, yet a home is central to better health and happiness. 

The Foundation works to increase the number of very low and low income households living in affordable housing and to reduce housing affordability stress. 

We support the development of quality affordable housing, which is sustainable, well-designed, and built in locations that have access to transport, amenities, schools and employment - increasing the life opportunities of residents.  
 
The Foundation’s support is focused on:

  • Strategic and creative responses to increasing affordable housing, including demonstrating innovative financial models.
  • Affordable housing developments that are innovative and can be used as prototypes.
  • Community awareness to increase public support for affordable housing developments.

Our community is vulnerable to the changing climate and also a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions. Victoria’s per capita greenhouse gas emissions are among the highest in the world - approximately four times the global average.

While most temperature-related deaths in Australia can be attributed to cold weather, heatrelated impacts on health are increasing; causing more deaths than all other natural disasters combined.

People most at risk of these temperature-related effects, such as low-income households, are also under pressure from rising energy costs. In all our Impact Areas, the Foundation has a particular commitment to supporting the most disadvantaged people in our community.

The Foundation aims to increase the energy efficiency and climate resilience of vulnerable households to reduce the cost of living, reduce emissions and provide protection from temperature related health impacts.

The Foundation’s support is focused on:

  • Initiatives that directly increase the energy efficiency and climate resilience of vulnerable households, such as subsidy or retrofit programs, including where they potentially intersect with our interest in increasing the supply of affordable housing.
  • Activities that demonstrably influence relevant local, state and commonwealth policies, regulations and codes.
  • Research to better understand energy poverty, temperature-related risks, residential greenhouse gas emissions and measures to reduce them.


Recent grants

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Social And Green Benefit Calculator - Extension
Community Housing Industry Association Limited
Status
Active grant
Grant Amount
$35,000
Grant Type
Proactive
Year
2021/2022
 
1. Increased energy efficiency and climate resilience of vulnerable households.
 
 


Sustainable development goals
7. Affordable and clean energy 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities 13. Climate Action
Financing Sustainability Retrofits For Vulnerable Melbourne Households: Phase 1, Pilot Design
University of Technology Sydney
Status
Active grant
Grant Amount
$50,000
Grant Type
Seed Innovation
Year
2021/2022
 
1. Increased energy efficiency and climate resilience of vulnerable households.
 
 


Sustainable development goals
7. Affordable and clean energy 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities 13. Climate Action
Building Group Model For Lower Income Households
SEFA Partnerships Limited
Status
Active grant
Grant Amount
$30,000
Grant Type
Proactive
Year
2021/2022
 
 
1. Increased supply of quality affordable housing.
 


Sustainable development goals
11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
Homes To Help Pilot Project
Women’s Property Initiatives Ltd
Status
Active grant
Grant Amount
$50,000
Grant Type
Seed Innovation
Year
2021/2022
 
 
1. Increased supply of quality affordable housing.
 


Sustainable development goals
5. Gender Equality 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
Pathways Out Of The Justice System
Law and Advocacy Centre for Women Limited
Status
Active grant
Grant Amount
$50,000
Grant Type
Seed Innovation
Year
2021/2022
 
 
2. Interventions that prevent entry into or entrenchment in homelessness.


Sustainable development goals
5. Gender Equality 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities

Collaborate with us

Does your organisation's work align with the Homelessness & Affordable Housing Impact Area? Speak to:
Erin Dolan
Senior Program Manager - Homelessness & Affordable Housing