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Youth Crisis and Transitional Housing Project

Indigo Junction secured $5.67 million under the Western Australian Government’s Social Housing Economic Recovery Package (SHERP) to construct a new Youth Crisis and Transitional Accommodation service. Indigo Junction was delighted to receive an additional $5 million dollars from Lotterywest for the refurbishment of the existing youth house, landscaping across the finished site and the purchase of furniture and fittings for the finished building.

The refurbishment and new build project will create 36 safe and supported housing options for young people experiencing crisis. Community feedback and co-design have resulted in an impressive set of plans that inspire us and will result in the creation of a landmark building. The proposal has received positive feedback through the development approval process.

Indigo Junction is finalising funding and is gearing up for an exciting large-scale building project that will commence mid-2024.

Transitional Housing Refurbishment Project

In 2021, Indigo Junction was successful in our application for $5.5 million funding through the Department of Communities Social Housing Grants Program (previously SHERP) for the refurbishment of eight freestanding homes, three units and the Koolkuna Refuge.

Indigo Junction is proud of this project. We have taken an innovative approach to consultation and design. We have worked with communities, listening and observing, and have developed practical, robust solutions to the design and fit out. We have maximised the numbers of beds that can be safely and comfortably accommodated in each home and, most importantly, improved accessibility for people of all ages and abilities. Our goal is to provide dignified and comfortable homes for people of all abilities and larger families from a range of backgrounds.

Where possible, we have extended into available land to increase the size and capacity of properties (with all extensions meeting disability access specifications). This means more accessible housing and practical living solutions for larger families.

Our attention to seeking inclusive, accessible solutions and acknowledging the cultural needs of our clients has resulted in carefully considered design and selection of materials. This ensures efficient and practical use of precious resources and that we meet the Department’s objective of extending the life of these assets for at least a further thirty years.

This refurbishment project is well underway, with four properties completed and others soon to follow.

Koolkuna Safe Places Project

Indigo Junction has purchased land and developed a strong funding submission to support the construction of 10 transitional units accessible for women and their children who are starting over after family and domestic violence. Using a “core and cluster model” of crisis accommodation, this design moves away from a traditional shared house environment to fully independent living quarters with private bathroom and kitchen facilities. It combines the services and support of a traditional refuge with the independent living facilities of transitional accommodation. Design principles focus strongly on safety and privacy with priority given to the creation of healing, therapeutic spaces that are child focussed and create a sense of home.

While units are independent, families staying on site will be heavily supported, engaged in intensive case management and provided a range of wrap around supports. On site office and communal meeting spaces for visiting support services providers are a key feature of the design.

Indigo Junction is aiming to secure funding for this project in 2024.



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