The City of Sydney has announced a $1.5 million grant to support construction of a residential aged-care facility for older people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
The grant was awarded to not-for-profit group HammondCare to assist in delivering aged care for the inner-city homeless population.
The five-storey facility in Darlinghurst will provide long-term, specialised care for up to 50 people with complex needs.
Lord mayor Clover Moore said there was a real need for long-term, stable accommodation and care for older people in the greater Sydney area.
Last year, the city’s Homelessness Unit found 15 per cent of people sleeping rough or in short-term accommodation were over 55 years old.
Moore said: “We’re supporting this important new facility to ensure disadvantaged people are not discriminated against and are treated with kindness and respect.”
HammondCare chief executive Dr Stephen Judd said the aged homeless and those at risk of homelessness are increasing in numbers and often fall through the cracks of existing service provision.
“This project aims to alleviate this demand in inner-Sydney and also provide a unique care model for this group – long-term, specialist care for people with complex needs,” Judd said.
HammondCare plans to build the home at 118A Darlinghurst Road, which is now a car wash adjacent to St John’s Church. The organisation has a long-term lease on the site from the church.
HammondCare expects the new facility to be completed in 2017. The service provider continues to raise funds for capital costs and would love to hear from individuals and organisations who want to partner in this endeavour.Want to share your thoughts on this topic? Do you have an idea for a story?
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