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 Homeless shelter launched to tackle housing crisis
 Posted: Jul 20 2018, 01:20 PM


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Melbourne's first pop-up homeless shelter launched to tackle housing affordability crisis.

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Maryanne Van Arkadie struggled to find a home after returning to Melbourne. ABC News: Danielle Bonica

At the height of her good fortune, while the tip of a Chesterfield cigarette still burned brightly between her fingertips, Maryanne Van Arkadie had no inkling that one day life would be lived out of a suitcase.

It would have been a severe contradiction to the charmed existence of a woman who once modelled as a Chesterfield girl, when those things were still allowed, and watched the Grand Prix from the top of a Melbourne high-rise, with a glass of champagne.

Until this year, that was the direction life had hurtled.

After modelling, she moved to Rome where she found work at the United Nations in administration. Italy would be home for 25 years.

But in April, with her health declining, she longed for Melbourne.

"I thought, 'This is a piece of cake. You'll get a real estate agent to give you an apartment, a unit, and you'll be right,'" Ms Van Arkadie said.

She arrived home and using her savings as a cushion, searched for a place to live.

But despite countless rental applications, the apartment she hoped for never materialised.

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Maryanne Van Arkadie lived a charmed life, modelling for the cigarette brand Chesterfield. Facebook.

The South Melbourne project is the first of its kind in Victoria and there is a similar project in Sydney, but Mr Pradolin thinks it could be implemented across the nation.

"It just does not make common sense to leave buildings empty when we have a housing crisis," he said.

He believes the Federal Government could incentivise the property sector to unlock more empty buildings by giving them a break on land tax.

But he is the first to concede it is only a temporary solution to a problem that could cost billions of dollars if there is no intervention.

Well, the government could certainly do a hell of a lot more to help our homeless citizens - thank God for people like Robert Pradolin.

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 Posted: Jul 20 2018, 01:29 PM


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I imagine there would be a fair amount of multicoloured tape to get through first.
 Posted: Jul 20 2018, 04:50 PM

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Always tape of one colour or another Alicia.

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