Architecture - Masters
The Roma Movement Centre is a multi-functional facility integrated into the Roma Street Parkland's residential and recreational precinct. In support to those experiencing homelessness, the building is implemented to generate growth, development and vision for the future of the lives of many young people leaving the foster care system.
Homelessness spans across all stages in life and often is an unpredicted circumstance. The chronic shortage of affordable and available rental housing; and long term unemployment aren’t the only instances that force people out of homes.
Domestic and family Violence
Economic and social exclusion
Severe and persistent mental illness and psychological Distress
Exiting state care
Severe overcrowding/ housing crisis
Alleviating homelessness in the younger generation is a major step towards a home-ful future for those who struggle to find stability in their lives.
Experiencing homelessness at a young age increases the chances of continued or revisitng homelessness later in their years of life.
Homelessness influences a disengagement from education and employment opportunities causing a cycle that is very difficult for an individual to leave on their own.
Within this cycle, they are exposed to factors dentrimental to health: alcohol, drugs, unsafe sexual encounters, violence and an overall unhealthy life-style. (Homelessness Australia, 2016)
In many cases, the fostering and juvenile justice setting only creates an increased risk of homelessness for youth under this system. Turning 18 under this system is not much of a celebration can be extremely difficult when they are cut off from official relational and financial support. Therefore transitioning into independent living can be a hardship as there is a lack of education during and after care.
Multiple placement is also a major contribution to the impermanence and lack of stability in the lives of young people under state care. This is due to care-giver related, child behaviour and system or policy-related issues and are often all interrelated as part of a cycle.
Creating a space where young people have a place to focus their talents with sports is worth the investment towards homelessness prevention. Setting them up in an environment filled with team encouragement earlier in their lives, having direction from coaches
and learning independence can become a grounding aspect in the future lives of young people.
Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor of Design (Honours) majoring in Architecture and Interior Design. She enjoys creating organic, innovative spaces that draws occupants further into the design to use the space with purpose and excitement. Through her learning experience, she is interested in the opportunities leading towards a more sustainable future for the building industry.