An old factory in Sydney’s inner west will be converted into new housing dedicated to supporting people with mental illness who are experiencing homelessness.
Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Alister Henskens said the $9.6 million project in Summer Hill, would deliver 20 studio-style apartments to support some of the community’s most vulnerable.
“The Community Housing Innovation Fund (CHIF) is helping community housing providers fast-track shovel-ready projects which aim to alleviate housing stress and provide homes for those who need them most,” Mr Henskens said.
“Projects like this one aim to get people off the streets and into housing, where they can be connected to the services and support they need to improve their wellbeing.”
Minister for Mental Health Bronnie Taylor said the project would ensure residents’ essential health and wellbeing needs are met while they receive treatment and support.
“This is all about making sure people living with homelessness and acute chronic mental illnesses are not forgotten and that they can receive specialist treatment while having a safe and stable living environment,” Mrs Taylor said.
The project is being delivered by Habilis through the NSW Government’s Community Housing Innovation Fund, with additional financial support from NSW Health.
Habilis Director Olav Nielssen said the site includes a caretaker unit as well as common gardens and a laundry.
“The apartments will provide access to support services and the opportunity to learn to live independently,” Mr Nielssen said.
“The aim is to help people overcome the barriers to accommodation faced by many people living with chronic homelessness.”