New homes for elderly a risk of homelessness


ELDERLY people who are struggling with homelessness in Shepparton will soon have a new place to call home thanks to $5.5M 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 $10M 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 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 CEO and founder, Bryan Lipmann AM said, “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.”