Elderly people who are struggling with homelessness in Shepparton will soon have a new place to call home thanks to $5.5 million in Victorian Government funding.
Representing the Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley, Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp said the funding would support a $10 million project being delivered by Wintringham Housing Ltd.
The project will result in 28 to 30 one-bedroom accessible homes being built in central Shepparton on a property adjoining other homes and support services currently managed by Wintringham.
The organisation’s model of care will mean residents will have a stable home in an environment that can best respond to their changing needs as they get older.
The homes will be allocated to elderly homeless people or those at risk of homelessness, with priority being given to those who have experienced family violence. Construction is expected to start in 2020 with the first residents being housed in late 2021.
Additional funding has come from the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation and a philanthropic body.
Wintringham Housing is a not-for-profit welfare organisation that specialises in providing housing and care for older people who are homeless or vulnerable to homelessness. It operates across metropolitan Melbourne and services the Goulburn Valley region.
This program builds on a range of housing initiatives under the Andrews Labor Government’s Homes for Victorians strategy. The Labor Government has invested more than $2 billion in responding to issues of housing affordability, homelessness and family violence.
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria
“There is a growing demand for one and two bedroom homes for people struggling with homelessness in the Shepparton area.”
Quotes attributable to Bill Heath, Labor Candidate for Shepparton
“This project will deliver new homes at an affordable rent for some of this region’s most vulnerable people, while providing them with access to appropriate support services.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley
“The fundamental community expecation is that all Victorians in their twilight years should have a roof over their heads and all the support they need. We are excited to be involved in a project that is going to deliver real housing options for those senior members of our community.”
Quotes attributable to Wintringham CEO and Founder Bryan Lipmann AM
“We are proud to already be serving the Shepparton community, and this project means we can extend our housing and support services for those in need even further. This is a powerful example of how government and community funds can be used in partnership to deliver much needed services.”