Layfield St. Rooming House Upgrade Complete
It's been a long wait, but worth it. In mid January we received the handover from Homes Victoria of 24 rooming house rooms to 25 studio bedsits in Layfield St. South Melbourne.
The property now includes fully refurbished and more spacious self contained rooms (fully equip kitchettes/bathrooms), a large solar array, modern heating and cooling, and a community room with kitchen facilities.
In February, we celebrated full occupancy after staff working intensely in the lead up with local referral agencies to interview social housing applicants for the new homes.
We've also been able to offer units to some long term residents in our Prahran rooming houses who have been overwhelmed with the improved amenity.
In 2017, the organisation made a considered decision to propose an upgrade of the property to Homes Victoria for conversion from 22 rooming house rooms and 2 x one bedroom apartments to 25 self contained rooms.
After a number of setbacks through the building process and COVID, it has been wonderful to be offering much needed new homes to people in need again.
The property has a remarkable history dating back to the Victorian Goldrush and holds great importance for the organisation, it being one of the first rooming house properties provided by the State Government for management in 1985.
We are incredibly grateful to Homes Victoria for bringing the project to fruition, and particularly, former local MP Martin Foley, staff and our Board for championing the need for the safety and security upgrade for vulnerable renters.