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The local Hastings community in Mornington Peninsula celebrated the official opening of a unique new development, referred to as ‘the Hastings Model’. The opening was marked by an unveiling of a plaque by Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Hon Greg Hunt, Minister for the Environment & Federal Member for Flinders.

The innovative development consists of 20 high quality independent units and offers low cost, long-term rental housing to the elderly, intellectually and physically disabled and those on low incomes with preference given to people with ties to the local area.

Integrated into the site is a group home built by the Department of Human Services and managed by Karingal Konnections for people with a disability and offering them 24-hour care.

The project is a result of a collaborative partnership between the Frankston Peninsula Carers Inc. (FPC Inc), the Department of Human Services [DHS], Mornington Peninsula Council [MPSC] and Community Housing (VIC) Ltd [CHVL].

“We are pleased to be a part of this unique project which will be a terrific resource for the community. CHVL is committed to finding innovative housing options for improving the lives of those with a disability,” says Dennis J Clark, Chairperson for CHVL.

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

“I am very proud that Frankston Peninsula Carers Inc. initiated “The Hastings Model” and contributed substantially to its development in both money and time.  Our Committee consists of aged carers of adults with an intellectual disability and interested members of the community.  We are motivated by the critical lack of suitable housing for people with an intellectual disability.  What we have achieved is amazing but there is still so much to do as there are over 300 people with a disability in our Region wanting accommodation immediately.”

To help develop a sense of “community”, an attractive common area has been developed for the use and benefit of all residents and their families. This area includes raised garden beds, outdoor landscaping and seating and an enclosed Gazebo with a built in BBQ. The Gazebo, BBQ and seating have been provided by Frankston Peninsula Carers Inc. from community donations.

CHVL will be responsible for the on-going management of the 20 social housing properties and tenancies while Karingal Konnections and Department of Human Services are responsible for the Group Home.

According to Cr. Antonella Celi Mayor of MPS:

“The Shire has been proud to be part of the Hastings Model over the past 5 years and views it as a showcase for the Shire, a truly innovate affordable housing development which provides good quality, affordable housing for a range of people including people with disabilities.

The project was initiated by the Frankston Peninsula Carers and resulted in an amazing collaborative effort from the local community, the not for profit sector and three levels of Government.   We want to see this model succeed and for it to be replicated in other parts of the Peninsula.   The MPS has a history of supporting good-quality affordable housing and has taken a proactive role in facilitating improved housing supply, and the Hastings Model certainly is a good example of this.”

Funding for this project has been provided by Federal and State Governments, Community Housing (Vic) Ltd., Mornington Peninsula Shire Council and Frankston Peninsula Carers Inc. supported by Philanthropic organisations and the local community.

Community Housing (Vic) Limited (CHVL) is part of the Community Housing Ltd (CHL) Group, a national and international provider of affordable housing. Its vision is ‘a world without housing poverty’. CHL is a registered Housing organisation in Victoria and Queensland and a growth provider in NSW, Tasmania, WA and SA. Its international operations are located in Timor Leste, Chile, and India. Winner of various Industry Awards including HIA and United Nations Association of Australia and CHL has over 4300 properties under its management.

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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