Helping Address Homelessness: The Samaritan House Prefab21 Project
Geelong has the second-highest homelessness figure in Victoria.
Approximately 883 people experienced homelessness in the Greater Geelong region during the last census, and more than 3,200 people are estimated to be on waitlists for public and community housing.
Samaritan House is a Geelong-based not-for-profit seeking to address this situation through the Prefab21 Project.
The project will provide a total of 8 Independent Living Units (ILUs) for safe and comfortable transitional accommodation to those on public or community housing waitlists - or for those who simply need access to affordable temporary accommodation in the difficult current climate.
The Southern Star Group proudly provided the aluminium windows and doors that gave the sense of space, light and safety needed by those living in the units.
Samaritan House Board Member Brian Sherwell stated that the windows and doors“assist in achieving a light-filled and warm aspect, to assist guests that need a positive outlook and living arrangements.”
The Southern Star Group and Samaritan House are optimistic that the ILUs and other projects like it will provide some alleviation to homelessness and hardship in Greater Geelong.