Work begins on aged care home for older people experiencing homelessness in Darlinghurst13th June, 2017
Work is set to begin this week on a 42 bed residential aged care home for older people experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness in Sydney’s inner city, developed by leading health and aged care provider, HammondCare.
General manager, Property and Capital Works, HammondCare, Michael Cooney said demolition, archaeological and remediation works will commence on the site asap, following vacation by the existing tenant, Star Car Wash on Monday, June 12.
Mr Cooney said this was a significant project that would fill a major service provision need in the Darlinghurst area: “Homelessness remains a significant issue in this area and this project will provide a much needed home and care for older people who are in dire need.”
The aged care home, approved by the City of Sydney in February this year, will be built at 118A Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst, adjacent to St John’s Anglican Church. The home, the first of its kind in Sydney, will provide residential aged care accommodation in private rooms for both men and women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. It will incorporate specialist services for people with high care needs.
Rector of St John’s, Edward Vaughan welcomed works beginning on the site: “St John’s has been supporting homeless men and women for almost 30 years through programs like Rough Edges, so we are excited that this project is underway.”
Mr Cooney said he was hopeful construction would begin as soon as relevant DA conditions were satisfied and the home operational by the end of 2018.