Harris Transportable Housing Project

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In early 2019, six tenants with a chronic experience of homelessness moved into the first six homes of the life-changing Harris Transportable Housing Project in Melbourne’s inner west.

The project is a partnership between Launch Housing and philanthropists Geoff and Brad Harris, of Harris Capital, with funding from the Victorian Property Fund.

The project is using nine parcels of vacant VicRoads land in Footscray and Maidstone to create 57 tiny homes for people with a chronic experience of homelessness.

At a time when 116,000 people experience homelessness on any given night (up 14% from 2011 to 2016), this project demonstrates how unused government land can be repurposed to create safe, stable homes for people who urgently need them.

Read more about homelessness rates in Launch Housing’s Australian Homelessness Monitor.

View the Harris Transportable Housing Project multimedia release.

“I feel like someone took me from, basically hell, and put me on this cloud of puffy niceness.” – Deborah, tenant.

The sustainable homes were designed by Schored Projects, with valuable insight from Launch Housing’s Lived Experience Advisory Group. They are a pet-friendly, affordable, long-term housing solution where people can live privately and independently.

First transportable housing unit is craned onto site in Melbourne’s inner west.

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Tiny homes get some finishing touches, with landscaping and fences completed before the first tenants move in.

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Launch Housing tenant Deborah enjoys a cuppa in her new place of residence.

The prefabricated homes are constructed in a factory by Oscar Builders in Horsham, delivered to site on a truck and lifted on by a crane. All on-site construction works including services, footings and landscaping is being managed by Hansen Yuncken and Carelli Constructions.

With 6-12 homes on each site, the project is creating small communities within a larger community where tenants can support each other. It provides the stability people need to rebuild their lives and break the cycle of homelessness.

Learn more about the transportable homes and objectives of this project.

“As a society, we need innovative ideas like this to help solve the growing issue of homelessness and stop people falling through the cracks.” – Geoff Harris, of Harris Capital.

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If you are experiencing a housing crisis: call 1800 825 955 (freecall number, open 24/7).