New Homes for Elderly Homeless
The legacy of one of Geelong’s most famous philanthropists, Alexander Miller, has received a heartwarming boost just before Christmas, with historic central Geelong units that provide housing for vulnerable older residents set to be renovated.
The Victorian Government announced it would contribute $2.52 million for the project, with Member for Geelong, Christine Couzens, said the specialised housing the development will provide is not available in the general private rental market, particularly not to those who are disadvantaged.
Alexander Miller was a successful draper in the 1800s and established a legacy Estate to provide housing for elderly people in need of housing in Geelong and Ballarat.
The one-bedroom brick units in Park Street were built in the 1920s by the Estate and have provided a home for hundreds of homeless in the region over the years. They will be refurbished into eight highly specialised units that are wheelchair accessible, meet Australian Standards for Adaptable Housing, and are designed to allow residents to age in place. An additional two units will be built on the site making a total of 10 new units. They are expected to be ready for residents to move by the end of June next year.
The Alexander Miller Estate leases the property to Wintringham Housing, the only registered housing agency that exclusively supports the elderly homeless in Victoria, who will oversee the redevelopment.
“It’s great to see an organisation with the skills of Wintringham teaming up with one of the Geelong’s most respected philanthropic estates to provide a place people can call home,” Ms Couzens said.
Wintringham is working with the Alexander Miller Estate to renovate or redevelop all of the Estate’s properties established over the last 100 years.