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Sidney Myer Haven

Sidney Myer Haven is a $7.5 million social housing project in Bendigo which offers stable, affordable housing for individuals in crisis and a wrap-around support model for its residents called ‘Shared Futures’.

About Sidney Myer Haven

  • $7.5+ million project
  • Located 2km from Bendigo CBD
  • Residential complex of 19 two-bedroom units
  • Mix of singles, couples and families
  • Officially opened by Baillieu Myer AC in October 2015

Wrap-around support program ‘Shared Futures’

  • A holistic approach to supporting individuals in crisis
  • First of its kind in Australia
  • Social supports and a curriculum of activities to build skills and aid personal development
  • Topics include: social and emotional skills, training and employment, tenancy skills, health awareness, advocacy, leadership, civic participation

Outcomes

  • Think Impact SROI (Social Return on Investment) research found that for every $1 invested in Shared Futures program up to $12 of social and economic value is created
  • 90% of Shared Futures graduates now live in private rental or own their own home
  • Before living at Shared Futures, only 6% people engaged in any formal education. Afterwards, 53% did.

Read the From Surviving to Thriving social impact SROI report to learn more.

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