Charitable Trust supports domestic violence accommodation

The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust is helping to provide safe and secure housing to people at risk of homelessness, by donating $650,000 towards a project that will help families escaping domestic violence.

The donation by the Charitable Trust, chaired by Lady Mayoress Nina Schrinner, will help fund the construction of 26 townhouses – with the first sod being turned today.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the townhouses would be delivered by the Salvation Army and would provide housing for up to 100 people affected by domestic violence.

“Domestic violence is a terrible problem across Australia and it’s one of the largest contributors to homelessness,” Cr Schrinner said.

“We need to support victims of domestic violence and help them rebuild their lives in a safe and supportive environment.

“This donation follows Brisbane City Council’s commitment to create a domestic violence strategy and help those who need it most.”

Lady Mayoress Nina Schrinner said this project would be life-changing for victims of domestic abuse and their families.

“Brisbane families deserve a safe home that is free from violence and fear, and this project will ensure families in need are able to recover and rebuild,” she said.

“This donation is the result of several years of generous support from Brisbane’s community and would not have been possible without their help.

“Helping people recover from abuse and trauma has been a particular focus of the Trust for many years.

“I’m proud the Trust is partnering with the Salvation Army and donating to such a worthy cause.”

Cr Schrinner said the state-of-the-art complex included disability access and adaptability features.

“This will be transition housing that fills the gap between crisis accommodation and independent living,” he said.

“There will be a mix of social and affordable housing, which will help to provide a stepping stone to independence.

“Like the Trust, the Salvation Army has a long history of helping those in need and is the largest provider of homelessness services in Australia.”

The project has been made possible thanks to a $5 million donation from The Cory Charitable Foundation and is expected to be completed by late-2020.