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COMPLETION OF A MUCH AWAITED HASTINGS DEVELOPMENT

HASTINGS COMMUNITY REJOICE WITH THE COMPLETION OF A MUCH AWAITED SOCIAL HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

The local community in Mornington Peninsula is ecstatic with the completion of a new housing development known as the “Hastings Model” on Marine Parade in Hastings and to see residents move into this much awaited community resource.

This unique project has been characterised by a tight-knit partnership between the Frankston Peninsula Carers Inc. (FPC Inc) Government (Office of Housing) [OOH] Department of Housing Disability Services [DHS], Mornington Peninsula Council [MPSC] and Community Housing (VIC) Ltd [CHVL]).

The development, consisting of 20 independent units and a large supported group home for people living with disabilities with 24 hr. care, is referred to as the “Hastings Model” because it is considered an innovative and unique model, and in many respects is the first of its kind in Australia. The idea for the development came from a group of local aged parents of children living with disabilities, who banded together to develop a long-term solution to the accommodation crisis faced by their adult children and other people who have limited affordable housing options. This volunteer group became known as the Frankston Peninsula Carers Inc (FPC) .

In 2009, Frankston Peninsula Carers Inc sourced the land and then approached the MPSC seeking support for their proposal and the idea grew from there. FPC Inc then set about raising substantial funds for the project and was able to attract the necessary Federal and State Government funding to enable the project to proceed. The owners and developers of the site, CHVL – a leading non-profit Registered Housing Association have developed a collaborative working relationship with the Shire and FPC Inc since work commenced in 2011.

The construction and delivery of this development was affected due to unforseen issues including the discovery of soil contamination on the site which has now been rectified.

According to Joy Jarman, Chairperson of the Frankston Peninsula Carers Inc:

“Our main concern was to provide long-term appropriate housing for adults with an intellectual disability and we are thrilled with this innovative model. It provides good quality, affordable accommodation for a range of people with varying abilities and backgrounds in a fantastic location close to public transport, shops and essential services. Most importantly it gives some level of security and certainty for residents and their parents about their future accommodation and will change the lives of many people including aged carers.”

CHVL has been very responsive to the needs and wants of the community and will be responsible for the on-going management of the 20 social housing properties and tenancies while Karingal Konections and Department of Human Services are responsible for the Group Home.

According to Brett Wake, CHVL State Manager for Victoria:

This project is a great example of collaboration and commitment between the State government and local organisations such as CHVL and FPC Inc in delivering affordable housing for those who need it in the community. We are pleased to see the completion of the units and the provision of another level of accommodation for those living with a disability and look forward to continuing this successful partnership in the future.”

Frankston Peninsula Carers Inc. have long held the view that the ‘Hastings Model’ was not just about a roof over people’s heads, but more about building a supportive community where residents would have an opportunity to share communal areas and grow together in a self-supporting community. In addition to the funds raised by CHVL, FPC has been very successful in raising funds for the development of the communal area, a focal point for the development. Local people and organisations provided support to construct a Yurt, an outdoor garden space, raised garden beds, BBQ and seating which will assist in building community.

According to Peter Sibly from the MPSC. : “This is a great example of what can be achieved through collaborative partnerships and all parties, especially Frankston Peninsula Carers Inc, should be congratulated on their hard work and initiative in getting this off the ground. We now need to work to get other similar developments for people who cannot afford private rental or home purchase to support all Peninsula people and our diverse communities.”

The MPSC is facilitating a process to provide ongoing support to residents with FPC Inc and local support providers to build community and assist residents to transition into their new home.

The official opening of the Hastings Model will be held in February next year.

For any enquiries contact:

Joy Jarman (Frankston Peninsula Carers Inc) 59890055

Brett Wake (CHVL) 03 5434 2866 / Preeti Daga (CHVL) 03 98560050

Peter Sibly (MPSC) 0419 527947

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