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Haven House South-East Melbourne


Number of bedrooms
Building Partner
Hansen Yuncken
Charity Partner
The Lighthouse Foundation

Haven House South-East Melbourne is a refurbishment and extension of a home for the Young Women’s Freedom Project, run by The Lighthouse Foundation. This home is the first Australian safe refuge designed to meet the recovery needs of these young women and girls (including those under the age of 18).

Since October 2018, The Lighthouse Foundation has been providing a unique program in a care home specifically dedicated to supporting girls and young women who have left or are at risk of entering into an early/forced marriage and escaping modern day slavery.  Referrals come from a range of sources including the Australian Federal Police and Red Cross. The Lighthouse Foundation provides 24/7 live-in care and wrap around therapeutic support to help young women overcome their traumatic life experiences, build relationships and heal in a safe and secure environment.

Principal Funder

TEN Women – 10 senior women in the property and construction industry in Melbourne with a mandate to connect and empower women to create a meaningful impact in the property industry.

Key Funders

  • Jack Brockhoff Foundation

Key Industry Supporters

On every Haven House the support we get from the industry is incredible. The below is not a full list, but notes some key industry supporters on Haven House South-East Melbourne.

  • Hansen Yuncken
  • Architectus
  • Slattery
  • Urbis

  • Du Chateau Chu
  • Webber Design
  • Gray Puksand
  • Armitage Jones
  • GeoAust

Early days


TEN Women, the Property Industry Foundation, the Lighthouse Foundation and Hansen Yuncken, are refurbishing and extending a home for the Young Women’s Freedom Project.

This home is the first Australian safe refuge designed to meet the recovery needs of young women (from 14 – 22 years) escaping an early and/or forced marriage.

Haven House South East Melbourne is currently home to 5 young women. Last year, there were 223 cases relating to human trafficking and slavery offences reported to the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Of these, 92 were for forced marriage. Of those forced marriage reports, 51% were young women under the age of 18. Many of the young girls have experienced complex trauma from physical, sexual and psychological abuse are incredibly vulnerable.

Their feelings of loss, confusion and sadness are heart-breaking. In almost all cases, they have no safe home or community to go back to.

The plans in place to rebuild on charming foundations’ of Haven House South-East Melbourne

This project will maximise the available space by extending the back of the home with a new open-plan kitchen and living room.

The existing backyard will have two big changes, the old in-ground pool removed (for safety) and the bungalow will become a bedroom attached to the house.

The main house itself will be refreshed with paint and carpet, and the floorboards and staircase will be refurbished.

The foundations’ of Haven House South-East Melbourne


Construction on the inner and outer living spaces starts!

Early signs of what this reinvigorated space will become have begun to form as extended space, backyards, driveway, pool, and existing interior space get gutted for an exciting new Haven House Project. Soon 6 bedrooms will be filled to support homeless youth in Melbourne for years to come.

The roof is in progress.


This is part of major works that will provide a new communal kitchen, a large living and dining area and new bathrooms for all residents.

“It’s certainly very satisfying to make a real difference to the lives of these young women who have already been through so much.”

Louise Hansen, Director, Hansen Yuncken

Window Installation

The windows are in at Haven House South East Melbourne, a Lighthouse Foundation home for their Young Women’s Freedom tailored care program.


“This project is vital in helping Lighthouse Foundation continue to support young people at risk of or experiencing homelessness to overcome their traumatic life experiences, build relationships and heal in a safe environment. We want to thank TEN Women, Hansen Yuncken and all who have contributed for all their support on this project”

Priscilla Heathwood, State Manager Victoria, Property Industry Foundation