We are calling on members of the ACT community to join us in an exciting project – MyHome in Canberra.
MyHome in Canberra will make a lasting difference in the lives of people living with an enduring mental illness who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, or who live in unsuitable accommodation.
Inspired by the highly successful community-based initiative HOME in Queanbeyan, our project seeks to create a place where people can live independently and with dignity, and still get the support they need, through live-in carers and links to other programs and services.
Our residents will find a safe, caring and respectful environment that focuses on recovery.
Their accommodation will be of a high standard, cost-effective and affordable.
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Our vision is to provide a safe, supportive and caring home for people who have enduring mental illnesses which make it difficult for them to live independently, and who as a result are currently homeless, at risk of homelessness or in unsuitable accommodation — for example, those living with very elderly parents.
Where are we up to?
The Uniting Church has offered to include housing units and facilities for MyHome in Canberra in developing a block of the Church’s land in Curtin, if MyHome can source capital funds for construction and present a business model for a viable going concern.
So the Board’s aim is to form a joint proposal with Uniting, the services and advocacy arm of the Uniting Church NSW & ACT, for the ACT Government to provide the capital funding needed to construct MyHome.
In parallel the Board will intensify its consultations with the Curtin community, and its seeking of corporate, philanthropic and community donations to help furnish and operate MyHome.
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