Housing Registrar
Housing Registrar
The Haven Foundation Ltd
Registration Category: Housing Provider
Registration Date: 15 March 2013
Agency Trading Name:

Agency contacts
CEO: Prof. Allan Fels, AO   Chairperson: Not specified
Website: http://www.havenfoundation.org.au/
Phone: 03 9455 7000
Head Office: 86-92 Mount Street, Heidelberg, VIC, Australia, 3084

Agency purpose / vision

To provide affordable accommodation and daily living support for socially and financially disadvantaged individuals living with mental illness

Agency history

The Haven Foundation (THF) was formed in 2006 with the aim to raise funds and provide housing for people with mental illness. After a number of years of discussion and planning, the committee was successful in negotiating a 40 year lease of a former convent from St. Joseph's Catholic Church in South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria. THF subsequently secured funding from the State Government to convert the convent into fully self-contained units.
Construction of 14 units took place on the convent site in 2010 and 14 residents moved into what became known as Haven South Yarra (HSY). In March 2013, THF achieved registration as a housing provider and, as a consequence took over management of HSY on 1 July 2013.
The Haven Foundation plans to continue to develop long term accommodation options for those living with mental illness. All future Havens will operate in accordance with the Haven Service Model, which has been instrumental in the success of HSY.

Scope of operations

Long Term accommodation

Housing support services

Delivered in partnership with Mind Australia

Tenant/Client group

People with disabilities who require support to live in the community

Other services


Geographic areas covered

South Yarra, Frankston

Key statistics
Housing properties under management


Properties in agency ownership


Tenancy units under management


Tenancy units in agency ownership




Total assets for the last financial year


Annual turnover for the last financial year


Operational surplus for the last financial year


Current housing projects

Currently developing 16 units in Geelong and 16 units in Laverton

Legal structure

The Haven Foundation is a company limited by guarantee

Key partnerships

With effect from 1 July 2018, The Haven Foundation Limited became a subsidiary of Mind Australia. As a consequence, Mind Australia is the sole member of The Haven Foundation Limited. The Haven Foundation Limited retains its legal status which is a company limited by guarantee.