Wintringham will build a $10 million development in Shepparton, consisting of 28 – 30 new independent living units, after securing grants from the State Government ($5.5m), a major philanthropic foundation ($2.5m) and The Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation ($2m).
Wintringham CEO Bryan Lipmann AM thanked all the donors for their contribution to the project: ‘This is a powerful example of how government and community funds can be used in partnership to deliver much needed services.’
With Wintringham’s model of taking on zero debt to ensure it is able to focus 100 per cent on housing the most disadvantaged, coupled with a lack of investment in social housing over the past 30 years, Bryan says his organisation is forced to rely heavily on the goodwill of philanthropists and Commonwealth and State Government to assist homeless older people.
‘We have 2,050 people on our waiting list, all of whom are over 50 and need our support,’ Bryan says.
‘For example, we have someone in hospital recuperating from an operation and they have nowhere to go when they are discharged.
‘Imagine trying to recover when you know you will have no safe place to go once you leave hospital.’
The Shepparton units are due for completion in 2021.