This is the first commercial space in Australia to be converted into a ‘living room’ for the homeless
The Australian government is trying to find a way to help the homeless through its pilot project for commercial space.
The government is looking to convert the former Woolworths warehouse at St Andrews to an “living room” for the city’s homeless population, according to a press release issued today.
The Living Room project, funded by the Australian Capital Territory’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ACTSIC), is the city government’s first pilot of its kind in the ACT.
The project will see about 80 people living in the space, which will include a kitchen, a dining room and a living room area.
The program, which is being run by the ACT Government, will run from October 1 to December 31.
“The Living room will be an ideal setting for those with special needs to stay connected with family, friends and the wider community, while providing the right space for them to meet, socialise, and receive support,” the press release said.
“We are looking for a local company to supply the space with the materials needed to construct and install the living room, which could include a fridge, a stove, a water tank and a kitchen sink.”
The Living Rooms, which are expected to open in early 2018, will also have a lounge area for the community, which was already in use in the existing Woolworth’s facility.
There are about 30,000 people in the NT, and about 7,000 of them live in shelters.