19 Jul 2022
RPS is proud to be playing its part in restoring and expanding Fremantle’s historic Wyn Carr House, which will soon provide accommodation to some of Western Australia’s most vulnerable women.
The pro bono work is part of RPS’ commitment to support the not-for-profit organisation, Housing All Australians (HAA), to address homelessness and affordable housing around the country. The team is providing project management support, including design, approvals, procurement, and construction delivery.
HAA has partnered with Uniting WA and more than 20 individuals and private companies, including RPS, to undertake the Wyn Carr House project.
Senior Project Manager, Tom Hoban, is working on the development and said the project is a great example of industry doing its part to help the community. “We have the expertise and abilities to help solve the housing crisis issue. The collaboration of industry along with non-profits is essential and demonstrates to governments how serious this issue is.”
Tom said the nature of pro bono work is an especially rewarding part of the project. “There is a real sense of teamwork and purpose. We are a group of individuals and businesses donating our time and expertise to this project. Importantly, I am beginning to understand how serious the homelessness issue has become and how critical it is to deliver opportunities like this – it’s really driving home the urgency to do more to help those in vulnerable situations.
“It highlights just how much of a difference we, the public, can make in stepping up and filling the gap.”
HAA and Uniting WA said the consortium of charities and private companies is donating more than $1 million in goods and services to restore Wyn Carr House, which will provide medium-term accommodation for women aged 55 and over who are homeless or at risk of homelessness – the first of its kind in the state.
RPS signed a memorandum of understanding with Housing All Australians earlier this year. HAA is a private-sector initiative looking at housing and homelessness through a commercial lens. RPS is currently working with HAA on several other projects in Melbourne and Brisbane.
Dr Greg Usher
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