Mind Australia and the Haven Foundation will build eight new residences, including one in Kilmore, for people living with significant mental health and wellbeing challenges throughout Victoria.

The new houses, part of the Homes Victoria $5.3 billion Big Housing Build, will create more than 106 homes and provide high quality, long-term housing with support so that residents can work on their mental health recovery.

The new Haven residences will be built in Kilmore, Colac, Frankston, Corio, Sunbury, Wodonga, Wonthaggi and Traralgon.

Haven Kilmore will be ready for occupancy in May, 2024.

Minister for Housing Colin Brooks announced the funding last month.

Haven residences feature one bedroom self-contained homes with a main bedroom, built-in wardrobe, bathroom, kitchen and eating area, European laundry, loungeroom and outdoor courtyard or balcony within a multi-unit property.

The developments will also feature shared indoor and outdoor community living and lounge areas, kitchen, meeting spaces and overnight facilities on-site for Mind Australia’s around-the-clock specialist mental health support staff.

There are currently six Haven residences in Victoria located in Epping, South Yarra, Highton, Frankston, Laverton and Mooroopna.

A further five are being built in Seymour, Drouin, Ballarat, North Bendigo and Pakenham.

Applications for the residences are now open.

Haven residents receive housing with support services for assistance with activities in daily living, which are funded by their NDIS packages, with Mind Australia’s staff providing support for residents.

Mind Australia staff include peer practitioners who use their own lived experience of mental health and wellbeing concerns to connect with clients and inspire their recovery journey.