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• Magpie Nest funding boost

Major Brendan Nottle, Captain Claire Emerton and Major Sandra Nottle at yesterday’s funding announcement at Melbourne Project 614.

The Salvation Army’s Magpie Nest housing program will continue to improve the lives of more than 100 people experiencing or at risk of homelessness thanks to funding from the Victorian Government.

Minister for Housing Colin Brooks, attending the annual AFL finals celebration at The Salvation Army’s Magpie Nest Café in Bourke Street, announced the investment of more than $2 million to continue supporting some of Victoria's most vulnerable.

A partnership between The Salvation Army’s Melbourne Project 614 and Collingwood Football Club Foundation, Magpie Nest provides accommodation to 130 people a year, with 45 two-and-three-bedroom homes.

The program aims to make a genuine difference in the lives of people experiencing homelessness by giving them a network of support services as well as safe and affordable accommodation.

It targets the most vulnerable people in the community, including people sleeping rough, couch surfing or living in sub-standard accommodation.

The program provides housing across Melbourne and support from case workers who provide individual support and care including links to mental health, drug and alcohol services, legal, employment and training services. There is also an emphasis on residents engaging in community activities, such as sports, arts and cultural programs.

“Magpie Nest gives people experiencing homelessness the support they need to rebuild their lives. We're delighted to be working with the government and Collingwood Football Club to help more Victorians,” said Project 614 Corps Officer Major Brendan Nottle.

Edited from an article courtesy of Mirage.News


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