"My Home" is a philanthropic developer that brings together Government, Church, Private Sector, and Community Housing Providers to deliver the project using a Public Private Partnership model. One of their five projects is in North Fremantle. This project is building 18 affordable, long-term occupancy homes for older women who are experiencing homelessness. Fundamental to the house designs are comfortable, joyful, and refreshing living spaces. If someone is walking past the houses, they are seen as an attractive home and NOT as a place where homeless people live.
The houses complement the appearance of surrounding homes, albeit with a smaller footprint, so they fit into the neighborhood. The 32m2 house footprint includes bed, living, bathroom, and kitchen spaces plus a veranda, all of which support independent living. Each site includes shared facilities – outdoor gathering spaces, storage, vegetable gardens, and car parking.
The houses are demountable and cost-efficient. By using lightweight prefabricated domestic construction and a 'flat pack' panel system, the houses can easily be moved to another site as needed. Thoughtful design of the homes, based on a contemporary aesthetic and rigorous design principles, and low maintenance with easy to clean and robust materials and fittings reduce long-term costs. A sense of "My Home" is essential as for some residents, this will be their forever home.
Each house is energy efficient – solar PV panels and passive solar (Passivhaus) design principles provide comfort to residents in a hot climate. Houses are also water efficient and include a rainwater tank supply. The base housing unit can be adapted to suit the needs of specific occupant groups, such as single parents with a child/children.