Make Room marks major milestone

Our Make Room project is another step closer to providing people experiencing homelessness and sleeping rough a pathway into housing, with the signing of a lease agreement with Unison Housing.

This project will make a difference for those who need it most and create a pathway for Melburnians to access social and affordable housing.

The agreement will enable Unison to start design and construction work at 602 Little Bourke Street, converting the Council-owned property into safe and supported accommodation for some of Melbourne’s most vulnerable residents.

Make Room will deliver 50 studio apartments, communal living areas, housing and homelessness services and other support for residents, as they transition into social and affordable housing.

Construction is expected to begin later this year, with accommodation and services to open in late 2023.

In another boost for the project, Council has recently secured nearly $1 million in additional philanthropic funding, with generous donations from the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, the William Buckland Foundation and the Loti and Victor Smorgon Family Foundation.

Council has now secured more than $13.7 million for the $20 million project, with funding commitments from the Victorian Government, The Ian Potter Foundation, Gandel Foundation and Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.

For more information, visit Make Room.