The Morrison Government is investing $299,500 in the Frankston community to provide safe shelter for those living rough on the streets.

This Strong And Resilient Communities Activity (SARC) grant will provide $299,500 to Melbourne City Mission to support the most vulnerable in the community to have a safe place to sleep.

Federal Minister for Families and Social Services Paul Fletcher said the funding will provide support for those at risk and living rough on the streets of Frankston.

“Everyone should have access to a safe place to sleep and rest, this funding will assist Frankston’s most vulnerable and importantly keep them safe,” said Mr Fletcher.

“In particular, this initiative will address service gaps in disadvantaged locations across Melbourne and recognises that some communities face a higher level of disadvantage and require a more targeted and localised approach.”

“This is funding to the community, as directed by the community, for the benefit of the community,” said Mr Fletcher.

Federal Member for Dunkley, Chris Crewther said the funding would help pilot a project to tackle young people at-risk of homeless by matching available rooms to those who need accommodation in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula area.

“The Melbourne City Mission’s program will help address an important social challenge by ensuring young people across our city have access to safe shelter,” said Mr Crewther.

“The program also leans on community members for their generosity in providing spare rooms to young people in need. This shows the power of working together, as a community to solve an important issue, Mr Crewther said.

Mr Crewther said the program would provide an innovative solution to an emerging issue in the community.

“People thrive in well-functioning communities and I am proud that the Morrison Government recognises the vital importance of cohesion in our communities”, said Minister Fletcher.

Nationally, the Morrison Government will provide $60 million in grants to support communities across Australia.