Work begins on HammondCare Darlinghurst

Work is set to begin on HammondCare's new 42 bed residential aged care home for older people experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness in Sydney’s inner city.

General manager, Property and Capital Works, HammondCare, Michael Cooney said demolition, archaeological and remediation works will begin on the site as soon as possible, following vacation by the existing tenant 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.

City of Sydney awarded a $1.5 million grant to assist in the construction of the home. In announcing the grant last year, Lord Mayor Clover Moore said: “We’re supporting this important new facility to ensure disadvantaged people are not discriminated against and are treated with kindness and respect.”

A website has been established to keep residents and community members up to date about the project: http://www.hammondcaredarlinghurst.com.au

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