Located in the heart of Ulverstone in Tasmania, the tenants of ‘Grove House’, a supported accommodation facility celebrated its first anniversary with Minister of Human Services, Cassy O’ Connor and staff of Community Housing Ltd and Anglicare Tasmania.
Last year Community Housing Ltd (CHL) tenanted these 20 newly constructed self-contained one-bedroom units as part of a tenancy management agreement with Housing Tasmania. This property was aimed at providing long term accommodation to a range of people, including some who have previously experienced homelessness and some who have support needs. CHL and Anglicare Tasmania manage Grove House in partnership where CHL provides the tenancy and property management and Anglicare, who is a well established service provider in the State provides a range of supports. This close partnership ensures that people who require assistance can sustain a home at ‘Grove House’.
“Grove House has been a very successful example of how a long-term resource for the community can benefit its residents and the community as a whole. People feel valued and have a sense of ownership. They have long-term security, support when they need it and good links with community networks. There is a strong sense of attachment to the place and everyone looks after the property as their own,” says CHL State Manager for Tasmania, Brett Wake.
Similar sentiments were echoed by the 51 year old Raylene McCorkell who has been a tenant for the last one year and she says, “living in this place has a made a huge difference to my life. I am a lot more confident as a person with a feeling of security knowing its my home. There is a sense of community amongst tenants as they look after each other.
Raylene is also heavily involved in volunteering work for “produce for the people” where she visits harvest factories and picks up excess food and distributes them to a number of local agencies. She says, “I am able to focus on things I enjoy doing with an opportunity for paid employment towards the end of the year.”
“Grove House is such a great initiative. Long term stable housing is something that many of us take for granted but not all of us can achieve. The provision of supported housing is vital for many people in our community and Grove House is a testament to the benefits it can provide,” says Anglicare’s State Manager for Housing & Homeless Services, Belinda Jones. “ It’s been fantastic how the Ulverstone community have embraced Grove House and its tenants”.
‘Grove House’ also includes common areas, training facilities, kitchen and dining facilities, BBQ and garden areas, as well as laundry facilities. Each unit has its own kitchenette. The site is close to a broad range of support services and public transport. Formerly the site of the Leavenbank Retirement Home, Grove House is the recipient of high quality renovation upgrades and newly constructed accommodation that meets all Building Code of Australia requirements including fire safety and energy efficiency.
CHL manages 170 homes in Tasmania with a majority in the North and North West, including Burnie, Ulverstone, Devonport, Latrobe and Launceston. CHL manages 20 homes in Hobart.
For more information on CHL, contact:
Executive Officer – Marketing and Public Relations t 03 9856 0021