Housing and Works Minister Michelle Roberts today opened a new hostel for homeless and disadvantaged men in Woodbridge.
“Over the years, St Vincent de Paul has done an exceptional job of addressing the needs of people who have a mental illness, are homeless or who are leaving institutional care,” Mrs Roberts said.
“The Vincentian Village is a fantastic example of what can be achieved by working together, and I am thrilled at the outcome of this joint effort between Vincentcare and the State Government, through the Department of Housing and Works.”
The State Government contributed $6.5million towards construction and landscaping of Vincentian Village, which will replace Vincentian House. That building consisted of the original Midland Hospital and the Matron’s residence, which were nearly a century old and in poor condition.
“The City of Swan was very helpful throughout the whole process and fully supported the redevelopment,” the Minister said.
Oldfield Knott Architects were appointed to design and manage the project under the direction of architect Robert Strzelecki. Badge Construction (WA) Pty Ltd was awarded the building contract.
External materials and colours were selected to match the surrounding environment and streetscape of other dwellings and to meet Midland Redevelopment Authority development conditions.
St Vincent de Paul received more than $1.5million in funding from Lotterywest.
“This village wouldn’t exist without the generosity of Lotterywest, as well as St Vincent de Paul’s donation of land valued at $1.6million,” Mrs Roberts said.
“Vincentian Village now has 28 single bedroom units, comprising 19 self-contained apartments, five purpose-built mobility units and four single units.”
Mrs Roberts said there was also a three-bedroom caretakers unit and a communal building, which contained the dining room, commercial kitchen, games room, laundry, TV lounge and library.
“The men who live here can become involved in the community and participate in music, art and crafts programs. They will also learn real life skills to help them take control of their own lives and be independent,” she said.
“This is a great asset for the Midland community.”
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