- New 20-bedroom accommodation facility for young women in crisis
- $7.5 million facility includes intensive support and mentoring program
Kalamunda is now home to a new 20-bedroom crisis accommodation facility catering for up to 40 women between the ages of 13 and 33, in need of shelter and support.
Housing Minister Peter Tinley today officially opened the St Emilie's crisis accommodation facility - operated by the Esther Foundation, with property and asset management services provided by Community Housing Ltd.
St Emilie's, a former convent, is situated on a rural 2.6-hectare block containing a small orchard, gardens and a creek. These features complement the Esther Foundation's holistic nature of services based on healthy living, which contribute to a more stable living environment for young women.
The establishment is equipped with a modern kitchen, communal dining and living area, counselling rooms and an administration area.
The Esther Foundation's residential program provides essential services for residents including education, counselling, group therapy, intensive support, vocational training, creative arts classes, mentoring programs and life skills classes.
St Emilie's is a partnership between the Department of Communities, the Esther Foundation and Community Housing Ltd.
The Department of Communities purchased the site and associated assets for $3.9 million, contributed $200,000 to the fit-out and has leased the new facility to Community Housing Ltd.
Community Housing Ltd project managed the redevelopment, negotiated a $3.4 million grant from Lotterywest and has sub-leased the management of the day-to-day operations at the facility to the Esther Foundation. Construction and refurbishment was carried out by rural builder, WBS Homes.
The rich architectural history of the original convent - dating to the 1880s - was retained throughout the redevelopment, although the facility was modernised to meet current building standards.
Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley:
"The McGowan Government continues to deliver a wide range of accommodation options across the housing spectrum.
"The Esther Foundation's residential program is life changing, and proven to be a success.
"Today, I've met a number of women who have been supported and assisted by the Esther Foundation through hard and challenging times.
"Each young woman who spends time here is looking for something new and better in life. It's not about where you've been, it's about where you want to go.
"Crisis accommodation projects such as St Emilie's Lodging Facility are an integral part of the McGowan Government's soon to be released Affordable Housing Action Plan, which lays a path to support our most vulnerable Western Australians.
"I also note St Emilie's directly employs 12 staff, in addition to 10 interns and 50 volunteers who assist with day-to-day operations. Another 116 people were employed throughout the life of the project.
"I congratulate the Esther Foundation, Community Housing Ltd and the Department of Communities for bringing this wonderful project to fruition."
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