The Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has announced, 3 August, the official formalisation of its relationship with Launch Housing, an independent organisation aimed at ending homelessness, following a long-standing affiliation between the two organisations.
Taking place from 1-7 August, National Homelessness Week aims to raise awareness of homelessness in Australia and the importance of social housing as a long-term solution.
MCEC has committed itself to the partnership through an employee volunteer programme, workplace giving, At-Risk Youth Employment Programme, participation in various fundraising events including the ‘Roughin’ It Challenge’, and a ‘Lived Experience Advisory Programme’ inclusive of guest speakers who have experienced homelessness.
Peter King, MCEC chief executive, said: “By signing a three-year partnership agreement, we are ensuring we can continue to support Launch to realise their ambition of achieving zero homelessness in Melbourne.”
Bevan Warner, chief executive of Launch Housing, said: “We’re partnering to change perceptions of homelessness, to unlock employment pathways for youth, and to inspire action that creates a safe, proud and liveable city for everyone. MCEC show great leadership to strengthen our community and engage Melburnians in a future that is possible.”