Ozanam House To Be Redeveloped

Ozanam House To Be Redeveloped

Victoria Minister for Housing Disability and Ageing Martin Foley

Work Underway For Ozanam House

Victor P Taffa

Work is underway at the site of VincentCare’s $44 Million redevelopment of Ozanam House, which provides a mix of homelessness services to Victorians.

“We are working to provide Victorians in need with all the support we can to get them back on their feet starting with housing.” Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley said.

“Ozanam House and VincentCare have been providing support to single men and this redevelopment will enable them to extend that support to include women.”

Assisted by a $10 Million Andrews Government grant, this redevelopment will enable VincentCare to more than double its client base.

Starting this month, the redevelopment is expected to be completed by September 2018 and will accommodate 135 people who have experienced homelessness within a mix of crisis, transitional and longer-term independent living accommodation.

VincentCare is currently working with other local homelessness service providers to ensure the existing Ozanam House residents are rehoused safely.

“Up to 100 people experiencing primary and secondary homelessness will be supported via the Homeless Resource Centre each day, while 135 individual apartments will provide much needed housing to some of the State’s most marginalised men and women. VincentCare CEO John Blewonski said.

During the redevelopment, VincentCare will also refocus its Ozanam Community Centre as a homelessness resource centre and prioritise a range of health, case management and support programs for men and women currently experiencing homelessness.

Residents in the new accommodation will also receive tailored service responses which reflect the required intensity and duration of support based on their individual need.