Kildonan UnitingCare has welcomed the government’s announcement of a $109 million injection into support and homelessness services for vulnerable Victorians.
The five year investment, announced at the LAP state conference, will include:
- 120 new or developed housing units
- A new crisis centre in Melbourne’s west
- 30 units for vulnerable women and children
- Targetted support for people requiring alcohol, drug and health services
Kildonan and Launch Housing have been working together for some time on a Families Supportive Housing model which aims to ensure vulnerable families and children have access to safe housing.
Funding has been allocated for the project will also address child and family wellbeing, family violence and homelessness. Each child in the project will be able to access early years services and schooling, whilst mothers will be able to develop skills towards financial health and wellbeing.
Kildonan CEO Stella Avramopoulos said "The Families Supportive Housing model represents a genuine partnership between community organisations, corporate bodies and government to provide a holistic wrap around service for families in need."
"For the women we work with and know are stuck in a cycle of violence, this project represents a way out. It will keep them safe and give them dignity, providing wrap around support services that
will change their lives and keep their children safe, while nurturing their wellbeing." Ms Avramopoulos said.