Darlinghurst home for the aged homeless receives significant philanthropic funding

Major Australian philanthropic foundation, The Ian Potter Foundation, has awarded the HammondCare Darlinghurst project $2.5 million across five years towards the construction of its aged home for older people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless.

Chief executive of HammondCare, Dr Stephen Judd, welcomed the grant as a significant boost for the capital campaign, towards building the $20 million project: “This is very exciting for the Darlinghurst project and I thank The Ian Potter Foundation for its generous support and commitment to the aged homeless in Sydney,” Dr Judd said.

Mr Charles Goode, Chair of the Ian Potter Foundation, said The Foundation was delighted to support such a unique, innovative model: “The Foundation supports and promotes projects that are innovative and facilitate social change. We are hopeful that HammondCare Darlinghurst facility will leverage future investment from the NSW State Government into similar projects that will help to restore dignity to older people who are homeless and who have complex health needs.”

Since 1964, The Ian Potter Foundation has contributed more than $270 million to thousands of projects, both large and small, throughout Australia.

Artists impression of what HammondCare Darlinghurst will look like from the street. 

HammondCare Darlinghurst will provide long term residential aged care accommodation in private rooms for 42 men and women, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the area. It will incorporate specialist services for people with high care needs. Construction is underway with completion due in early 2019.

Lead for HammondCare’s capital campaign, Louise Burton, said The Ian Potter Foundation joins the City of Sydney (COS) as a major contributor to the project. The COS has committed $1.5 million towards the project: “We are still seeking funds and supporters for this very important initiative. Homelessness for older people in inner Sydney remains a significant issue and this project will provide a much needed service for people in need, and learnings from it will be transferable to other similar projects in the future,” Ms Burton said.

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