The grants aims to assist vulnerable Australians. Image Supplied.
  • The FutureSteps program seeks to alleviate housing stress and homelessness
  • First time the program has been offered in WA
  • A previous recipient received $80K to boost accommodation for young homeless people

$200,000 worth of grants for established not-for-profits that provide solutions to alleviate housing stress and homelessness has been announced by listed property group Lendlease (ASX: LLC).

Falling under the group’s FutureSteps program, the grants aim to directly increase the supply of accommodation for families and individuals experiencing homelessness.

Previously, the grants have only been available in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, but for the first time, the program is open to not-for-profits in Western Australia. In 2020, the program supported six grants.

During the past six months, four grants have been provided; including to Pathfinders Australia (NSW) and Lighthouse Foundation (VIC). These not-for-profits focus on boosting the availability of accommodation and support services, including targeted training and jobs programs.

“Contributions like these allow for incredibly important projects to continue, helping to support those people experiencing or at risk of homelessness,” said Kylie Rampa, Group Head of Investment, Leandlease and Chair of the FutureSteps Advisory Committee.

“We’re excited to welcome new partnerships to the mix as these collaborations are the lifeblood that make FutureSteps so successful.

“The power to positively impact and support vulnerable Australians with the backing of an organisation such as Lendlease, is unparalleled, and a privilege to be a part of.”

Kylie Rampa, Lendlease and FutureSteps chair

Pathfinders Australia Senior Manager, Mark Cromption, said the grant Lendlease provided, which was close to $80,000, assisted in a motel they have purchased through their Supported Independent Living (SIL) program. In particular, the funds were used to convert the motel to house 13 young people.

“This funding has been instrumental in being able to assist our local community,” he added.

The grant program will be open between 2 August to 3 September, with a virtual information session on 28 July.

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