Million dollar grant offers dignity and hope for homeless

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A million dollar grant from the City of Sydney will help transform an inner-city crisis accommodation centre with upgraded rooms and facilities, providing access to critical services for people experiencing homelessness.

Wesley Mission Superintendent and CEO, the Rev Keith V Garner AM, said the major refurbishment of the Wesley Edward Eagar Centre will offer those in need comfort, dignity and an extensive support network.

Rev Keith Garner, Welsey Edward Eager Centre. Photo credit: Katherine Griffiths, City of Sydney

“This grant from the City will help us dramatically improve the service we provide and allow us to give compassionate and holistic care that reaches into every part of people’s lives,” Mr Garner said.

“The refurbished centre will offer clients the security of a single room with an ensuite. We will also provide access to a diverse service network, including mental health, financial counselling and employment support.

“For decades the Wesley Edward Eagar Centre has provided crisis accommodation for men and women, but the landscape has dramatically changed over that time and we need to look to the future.

“We’re no longer just providing a bed, we’re offering a whole range of services and support. I’m delighted that we’re once again working with the City of Sydney, who have always been good partners of Wesley Mission. Together we are giving our very best to those who need it most.”

The City has also awarded $150,000 to St George Community Housing for a research project focusing on improving affordable housing opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Both grants were awarded from the City’s Affordable and Diverse Housing Fund, which was established with $10.35 million from the sale of land at Harold Park in 2015. In total four grants have been approved from the fund totalling $5.65 million, as well as an additional $350,000 for the City’s Alternative Housing Ideas Challenge.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said Council was proud to support these crucial services dedicated to helping the most vulnerable in the community.

“Providing affordable housing and supporting those experiencing homelessness is one of our top priorities at the City,” the Lord Mayor said.

“It’s unacceptable that in a city as prosperous as Sydney, people are living rough on the streets or experiencing extreme rental stress. That’s why we use every lever we can to increase the supply of social and affordable housing in our city, and are delighted to partner with the Wesley Mission on this important upgrade.

“By ensuring that everyone has a home, and access to the help they need, we can create and maintain a city that is truly diverse, and welcoming to all.”

For media inquiries or images, contact Belinda Wallis
Phone 0467 810 160 or email bwallis@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Anusha Muller
Phone 0408 494 545 or email amuller@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

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