Haven South Yarra

Haven South Yarra units provide long-term housing for people living with mental ill-health and in doing so; create a sense of permanency and a home for life. The property is conveniently located close to amenities and services with proximity to Prahran Market, the Alfred Hospital and public transport.

Professor Allan Fels AO, signing the Building Contract for Haven South Yarra

Exploring the impact of housing security on recovery in people with severe mental illness

An evaluation report by Monash University about the effectiveness of the Haven South Yarra service for mental health recovery support. 

Exploring the impact of housing security on recovery in people with severe mental illness - summary report

St Joseph’s Catholic Church

The Haven Foundation has a 40 year lease with St Joseph’s Catholic Church securing access to 53 Fitzgerald Street, South Yarra to provide accommodation. The 1,100m2 site consisted of a disused convent building and significant vacant land. 14 one-bedroom units were established on the site by refurbishing the convent as well as constructing a two level apartment block on the rear portion of the land.

The Office of Housing in the Department of Human Services, State Government of Victoria, provided $3 million for reconstruction of the building.

The State Government has been the funder for specialist mental health services delivered to tenants, with a focus on addressing the impact of mental illness on a person’s daily activities and the social disadvantage resulting from the experience of mental ill-health. The funding has allowed for the employment of support staff at the South Yarra units on a 24/7 basis who have worked to support residents within a recovery and empowerment model to maximise their opportunities to live successfully in the community.

Haven Frankston

Haven Frankston is an 18-unit residence providing fully self-contained single bedroom apartments with indoor and outdoor common areas and staff facilities. Around-the-clock support for residents is delivered by Mind Australia. Residents are supported to improve their independent living skills but families and other carers are also encouraged to have involvement in their loved ones’ lives. 

Development was made possible by a $3.7 million grant from the Victorian State Government and land purchased by The Haven Foundation. We appreciate and acknowledge the efforts of the Smedley family in generating philanthropic funds and donations for the land purchase.

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