The Make Room project is a unique partnership between the City of Melbourne, the Victorian Government and key philanthropic organisations to address the critical needs of people experiencing rough sleeping and homelessness in the City of Melbourne.

People can re-take control of their lives when housing is available. However without a continued supply of short term housing options in inner Melbourne, people will continue to end up sleeping on our streets.

We will re-purpose a Council-owned building located at 602 Little Bourke Street, into short-term supported accommodation for up to 50 residents. The building will house residents for up to 12 months with wrap-around support until they are offered longer term housing.

We’ve appointed a registered housing provider, Unison Housing, and signed the Agreement for Lease. They are now working on detailed architectural designs and will shortly appoint a builder.



  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Community consultation

    4 July to 5 August 2021

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Housing provider appointed to refurbish the building at 602 Little Bourke Street

    August 2021

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    Agreement for Lease (AFL) signed with Unison Housing

    May 2022

  • Timeline item 4 - incomplete

    Unison Housing appoints builder and architect

    Mid 2022

  • Timeline item 5 - incomplete

    Detailed building works plan and construction timelines

    Mid 2022

  • Timeline item 6 - incomplete

    Building refurbishment works to commence

    Late 2022

Project overview

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Community consultation

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