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.
Our project is inspired by the community-based initiative HOME in Queanbeyan, which has operated highly successfully for ten years and has been commended by the NSW Governor. We too seek 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 but 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.
During 2022 Wesley Mission worked in collaboration with the MyHome team and local representatives of the Uniting Church to prepare a proposal for the ACT Government to provide financial support for a combined development on the Curtin site of MyHome and several blocks of affordable rental housing.
Wesley Mission, headquartered in Sydney, is part of the Uniting Church and is both a church with congregations and a community services organisation. Housing and mental health services are important elements of the community services it provides.
The proposal to the ACT Government had two parts, both submitted by Wesley Mission early in 2023. The one for affordable rental housing was prepared by Wesley Mission, and the one for MyHome was prepared by Wesley Mission in conjunction with the MyHome committee and Woden Valley Uniting Church.
Since then representatives of Wesley Mission have been discussing with Government officials possible terms of financial support. If as we hope the ACT Government will provide the capital funding needed to build MyHome, it’s likely that its operation will require continuing community support, both practical and financial.
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