What you need to know about the menards project to build the future of Melbourne’s homeless
A decade ago, the Melbourne Homeless Alliance, which had started as a partnership between the Salvation Army and local churches, hoped to build a $50 million homeless shelter to house the homeless.
Now, it is a joint venture between the Victorian Government and a private company that is aiming to build an affordable, secure, and sustainable home for the city’s homeless.
Key points: The Government and private company are partnering on a $100 million project to bring affordable, safe housing to Melbourne’s most vulnerable The Government wants to build about 2,000 affordable houses and 200 transitional housing units in Melbourne by 2020 The project is called Menards Home, and the Government has partnered with an international private equity firm to help finance it The partnership will see Menards provide rental and housing services for the homeless, while a third of the proceeds will go to charities supporting the homeless community.
Manards Home is a collaboration between the Government and the private equity group, Menards Holdings, which is based in New York.
The Menards project is being built in the heart of Melbourne and has been designed by local architect and builder, Michael Rolfe.
“We have a long history of working with homeless people and their families and they are our most vulnerable population,” Mr Rolf, who has been involved in housing projects around the world, said.
Mr Rolf said the Government was working with the firm to create the first of a series of affordable homes, which he said would provide a safe place for the thousands of homeless people who currently live in Melbourne.
A spokesperson for Menards said the project would provide housing to the homeless and assist with job search and employment opportunities.
In December last year, the City of Melbourne said it was considering a $1 billion development in the area of Red Square, and would begin construction by the end of the year.
However, a City of Victoria spokeswoman said it would not be able to move forward with the development until the Government gave them a formal response to their concerns.
Melbourne’s homeless community are often referred to as “street children”, because of their ability to find work in a number of industries, including construction, hospitality and construction services.
But, as part of the city government’s homelessness strategy, it was also looking to build housing for those who had been evicted from the streets.
During the 2016/17 financial year, Melbourne’s total homelessness count increased by more than 7,000 people, but the City said the number was still down from the peak of the crisis in 2015.
Menards Holdings said it had a range of projects in the pipeline, but that most of them would be funded by the Government.
As part of its work, Menard Holdings is looking at building a small office park in Victoria’s inner west, in conjunction with a community hub, the Menards Innovation Centre.
While the menard project is a partnership with the Government, the private company has also teamed up with the Victorian State Government, which will be able, in the event that the project goes ahead, to contribute up to $100,000 to the project, which the Menard spokesperson said would go towards the construction of about 2.8 new houses.
There will be a further $1 million contribution by the Men’s Business Community Council, which would be allocated towards affordable housing.
One of the men’s biggest fears was the construction process.
“[The Government] has not been able to give us the money that we need to start this project,” said Paul, a homeless man who has lived on the streets for several years.
It’s really frustrating.
He said he felt like he was on a “slow burner”.
“I think we’re getting to a point where the Government can’t do anything for us,” he said.
“They have to give money, they have to build, but it’s not enough.”
The development will also provide the opportunity for the MenARDS Foundation to raise funds to pay for a project of its own, which Mr Ralf said would have been a “very exciting project”.
Mr Lai, the homeless man, said he was excited to be involved in the MenARD project.
We’re trying to help people in the community, so we’re looking to help them out, he said, and he hoped the MenDS would help provide affordable housing for the people who were most in need.
If the MenADS had their way, there would be no homeless menards in Melbourne, he added.
For the first time, Melbourne has been able see the effects of its housing crisis, Mr Rong said.
“We’ve seen a massive increase in the number of homeless men in Melbourne,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“It’s been a big help to us as we’ve seen how the men were struggling.”
Menard Holdings has been working with a range.
It has created a