There’s hundreds of vacant buildings waiting for redevelopment. It’s another form of society’s wastage while people are sleeping on our streets, on couches or in cars. It’s not a long term solution. It’s a temporary fix to a society in crisis.Robert Pradolin – Founder, Housing for All Australians
In 2016 developer Robert Pradolin had the idea of ‘Pop-up Shelters’ for homeless people. He gained support from the YWCA, many willing businesses, organisations and volunteers, and he established the Not For Profit ‘Housing All Australians’ (HAA).
HAA’s first project was ‘The Lakehouse’ in South Melbourne, a multi-storey former aged care facility awaiting development permits. From 2018 – 2022 Lakehouse has provided support and transitional accommodation for 106 homeless women. Their average stay at Lakehouse was 9 months, then they moved on to permanent housing appropriate for each.
Similar projects are now underway in NSW, SA and Qld and HAA has a second project, ‘The Gardenhouse’ in Box Hill, Melbourne.
Robert Pradolin is not waiting for government. The HAA ‘Give Me Shelter Report’ finds that government and indeed the community ‘doing nothing’ will have a cost of $25 billion by 2051.