HammondCare Darlinghurst November News

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"For us at the Hogan Foundation the Darlinghurst Project reflects the values that we admire about HammondCare and its commitment to Aged Care in all its forms." - Bruce Hogan AM

I recently learned that the number of older people in Sydney who are homeless has grown by a shocking 28% since 2011. This means that there are currently around 800 people over 55 years in inner Sydney, who are homeless. I’m sure you will agree that this needs to be addressed, especially as pressure on housing supply grows and people feel an increased financial burden.

Right now HammondCare is at a critical point in our capital campaign to build HammondCare Darlinghurst.

Are you able to make a donation to help ensure the dream of a permanent home becomes a reality for these vulnerable older members of our community?

HammondCare Darlinghurst gives us the chance to speak up for people who have no voice of their own. Today in Sydney there is no service that is able to provide a permanent home with 24/7 care for the elderly who are at risk of homelessness and have complex or chronic health needs. That’s not good enough.

The bottom line is we need your help. Thank you for your kindness and generosity.

Warm regards

Stephen Judd
Chief Executive, HammondCare

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Homelessness on the rise

The Homelessness Estimates released by the ABS in February, highlight the growing number of older homeless people in Australia.

The figures from the latest Census show that 16 per cent of homeless people in Australia in 2016 were aged over 55 years or older. The number of homeless people aged over 55 years increased by 28 per cent between 2006 and 2016, rising from 14,581 to 18,625.

The increasing numbers of older homeless people highlights a significant social issue: Dr Stephen Judd commented, “with an ageing population, we are facing the grim realisation that more and more people are facing their older years without secure accommodation. Many of these people also have complex health and aged care needs. This is a situation that needs addressing as a matter of priority.”

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The Census figures also show one of the highest concentrations of homeless people was in NSW, focused on the City of Sydney, and that the rate of homeless persons aged 55 years and above has steadily increased over the past three Censuses.

This sad news serves to underline that the need for permanent accommodation for older homeless people grows larger every year.

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Major Funding Boost

HammondCare is delighted to announce that the Darlinghurst Project received a major funding boost in December last year, in the form of a $2.5 million grant from The Ian Potter Foundation. The grant will be delivered over five years, and comes with a strong commendation and endorsement of the project from the Chair of The Ian Potter Foundation, Mr Charles Goode AC.


“The Ian Potter Foundation supports and promotes projects that are innovative and facilitate social change. The Foundation is delighted to support such a unique and innovative model as HammondCare Darlinghurst.” – Charles Goode AC

The Ian Potter Foundation CEO, Mr Craig Connelly, added his congratulations to the team, and HammondCare CEO Dr Stephen Judd welcomes the grant saying, "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."

The Ian Potter Foundation joins the City of Sydney, who pledged a grant of $1.5 million towards the project last year. The HammondCare Foundation is grateful for these major contributions, and the momentum they bring to the project.

Construction on the move

Construction is well underway. Over the course of last year, the demolition and archaeological investigation works were completed. Site remediation and bulk excavation works were completed in August 2018, and the basement structure has now commenced construction after the installation of the crane in late October. HammondCare Darlinghurst is scheduled to be completed in October 2019.

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'Andrew McGarry, Victoria Grimes, Louise Burton, Peter Wilson at the Darlinghurst construction site'

Thank you for your support

The HammondCare Foundation is working to raise the funds for the project using a combination of philanthropic support corporate partners, local government and generous individuals. This is matched by a funding commitment from HammondCare.

In addition to The Ian Potter Foundation and a $1.5 million from the City of Sydney, the first half of 2018 brought funding commitments from several donors and foundations, including The Snow Foundation, Hogan Family Foundation, The Profield Foundation, Mrs Susan Maple-Brown AM, Hildanna Foundation and Perpetual Foundation (Bendix Charitable Endowment Trust). Over the past year we have also raised approximately $600,000 from generous individual donors and other trusts and foundations.

We are absolutely thrilled with this amazing result and as we enter the final year of the capital campaign we look forward to sharing this vital project even more widely.

Total raised to date - $5.7 million (in cash and pledges)

Funds still required - $4.8 million


Every donation is valuable and we are deeply grateful for your support.

To make a donation, please click below or call Louise Burton on (02) 9268 6749, or Victoria Grimes on (02) 9268 6721.

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Project Key Contacts

Louise Burton, Philanthropy Development Manager - (02) 9268 6749, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Victoria Grimes, Major Gifts Coordinator - (02) 9268 6721, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.