Quest helps house Aussies at risk of homelessness

By Sarah Stowe | 08 May 2020 View comments

Quest Apartment Hotels is helping house Australians at risk of homelessness as a result of the pandemic. 

The franchise chain has joined forces with the Salvation Army and Housing All Australians in this initiative.

The national chain of more than 140 serviced apartment hotels is providing the Salvation Army with temporary accommodation at rates that allow franchisees to break-even but not make a profit.

Quest is committed to helping reduce homelessness and has previously partnered with HAA to provide short-term transitional housing for people experiencing homelessness. 

David Mansfield, chief operation officer at Quest said, “Quest has been working with Housing All Australians since mid-2019, working to make a meaningful impact on the issue of homelessness in this country. 

“Now more than ever, that partnership has become paramount, and it is a privilege to be able to help in whatever way we can. We are grateful for the hundreds of passionate Quest franchisees around the country prepared to support this incredibly important initiative with us.” 

Quest helps house Aussies at risk of homelessness

Robert Pradolin, founder of Housing All Australians (HAA), said the partnership is crucial as we head into winter.

“Due to this crisis, we know thousands of people have lost their jobs and are struggling to pay rent, we know domestic violence is on the rise and we know these situations can lead to homelessness. We want everyone in our community to have a clean, warm and safe place to sleep at night,” said Robert.

Quest has to be commended for its leadership and for putting purpose above profit.” 

The Salvation Army assists and supports individuals, couples and families right across Australia who may be at risk of homelessness or experiencing homelessness by providing a range of services including accommodation, case management services to resolve their homelessness experience. 

Livia Carusi, national general manager, Homelessness at Salvation Army said, “This partnership is a wonderful example of the Australian spirit. We do have demand for additional accommodation across Australia especially in response to the needs of families.

“By pulling together with caring corporates like Quest and offering a safe, supportive place for disadvantaged Australians, we can make a huge difference to the lives of many in these tough times.”