Gardenhouse, Victoria

A vacant mansion in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs has been lovingly restored and handed over to YWCA to provide emergency transitional accommodation for up to six women, at risk of homelessness at any one time.
Gardenhouse is a collaboration between Housing All Australians, YWCA Housing, The Salvation Army and more than 40 private companies that have helped transform a vacant building into emergency accommodation for women over 50 in need of temporary shelter.
The project demonstrates what is possible when private sector organisations and not-for-profits come together to support a growing crisis.
Gardenhouse is the second pop-up project by HAA and partners including home builder Metricon and Quest Apartment Hotels and their suppliers, who collectively donated hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of labour, products, and services to refit the building and bring the project to reality.
The six-bedroom, three-bathroom home has undergone significant work resulting in a bright, inviting, and comfortable environment. Students at Collarts School of Design led the interior design.
YWCA Housing is the lessee at peppercorn rent. It supports those being housed and connects them to additional community services. Building outgoings are recovered via below-market rent paid by the women as sub-tenants.