Homelessness &
Affordable Housing

Alleviating homelessness.
Homelessness & Affordable Housing grants in 2019/2020 financial year:
Total: $2.823 million
Homelessness & Affordable Housing grants in 2019/2020 financial year:
Total: $2.823 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.

We are committed to further connecting our work with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Our Health & Climate Change – Hot Spots initiative aligns with these goals.

1. No Poverty 5. Gender Equality 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities

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Outcomes

1. Increased supply of quality affordable housing.

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.

The Foundation will consider other activities that address this outcome.​

2. Interventions that prevent entry into or entrenchment in homelessness.

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.

The Foundation will consider other activities that address this outcome.​

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.

The Foundation will consider other activities that address this outcome.​

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.

The Foundation will consider other activities that address this outcome.​



Recent grants

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Community housing family violence response industry standard
Community Housing Industry Association Limited
Status
Active grant
Grant Amount
$40,000
Grant Type
Proactive
Year
2020/2021
 
2. Interventions that prevent entry into or entrenchment in homelessness.


Sustainable development goals
1. No Poverty 5. Gender Equality 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
Unlocking capital for affordable housing developments
SEFA Partnerships Limited
Status
Active grant
Grant Amount
$38,000
Grant Type
Proactive
Year
2019/2020
 
1. Increased supply of quality affordable housing.
 
 


Sustainable development goals
1. No Poverty 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
Enhancing support services for people with disability and complex needs in permanent supportive housing
Royal Melbourne Institute Of Technology
Status
Active grant
Grant Amount
$46,333
Grant Type
Seed Innovation
Year
2019/2020
 
2. Interventions that prevent entry into or entrenchment in homelessness.


Sustainable development goals
1. No Poverty 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
Ask Izzy uplift for COVID-19
Infoxchange
Status
Active grant
Grant Amount
$120,000
Grant Type
Proactive
Year
2019/2020
 
2. Interventions that prevent entry into or entrenchment in homelessness.
 


Sustainable development goals
1. No Poverty 5. Gender Equality 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
Women’s Housing Alliance
Women's Housing Ltd
Status
Active grant
Grant Amount
$15,000
Grant Type
Proactive
Year
2019/2020
 
2. Interventions that prevent entry into or entrenchment in homelessness.
 


Sustainable development goals
1. No Poverty 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
Program Manager - Homelessness & Affordable Housing