Supporting elderly homeless for 30 years

Congratulations are due to Wintringham, which has celebrated 30 years of giving a dignified life and a ‘home until stumps’ to those aged 50-plus who were homeless or at risk of homelessness.


Wintringham working to consolidate waitlist with VHR

Wintringham’s Advice and Information team is working with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to consolidate its waitlist into the Victorian Housing Register (VHR).

‘Instead of applying directly to us, people will be able to apply through the VHR – one central place – reducing the number of housing applications they need to make in order to find housing,’ says Wintringham’s Advice and Information Coordinator, Elaine.

‘Wintringham, along with most other housing associations in Victoria, has agreed to merge our housing register with the VHR. This will take some time to process – our current register contains 2,168 applications from people waiting to be housed – and it took about three weeks to enter 1,000 of these into the VHR.

‘We hope that by joining the VHR, options for clients seeking housing will be streamlined and they will get better access to a broader range of social housing options,’ she says.

The register merge should be finalised soon.

Easter surprise

Whilst enjoying an Easter break in Castlemaine, my teen pointed out some really cute housing on one of the main streets. When we walked over for a closer look, we discovered the gorgeous homes belong to Wintringham.

The Alexander Miller Memorial Homes development, completed in January 2012, includes 10, one-bedroom homes with wheelchair accessibility and were purpose-built to allow ‘ageing in place’

Great work Wintringham!

A captivating design that fits in well with the surrroundings, is well landscaped, and is very well located for older, disadvantaged people in Castlemaine.



Irving Benson entry

Wintringham purchases Coburg units

Wintringham has purchased an independent living residence in Coburg, with the aim of updating, modernising and potentially increasing the number of units available for people aged over 50.

Wintringham bought Irving Benson Court from Uniting Vic.Tas with the generous support of the Peter and Lyndy White Foundation. At present, the development is home to 17 residents.

Wintringham CEO and Founder, Bryan Lipmann AM says, ‘All Irving Benson Court residents will be assured affordable housing now and into the future as a tenant of Wintringham. Our motto always has and always will be to provide a home until stumps for our clients.’

Uniting Vic.Tas CEO Paul Linossier says the sale was in the best interests of current and future residents.

‘We are working closely with Wintringham to make sure the transition is as seamless as possible’ Mr Linossier says.

‘Wintringham have agreed to honour all existing arrangements with the residents. They will be able to receive all the services they receive now, whether from Uniting or other providers.’

Wintringham has a proven track record of updating and modernising specialised aged care and independent living accommodation throughout regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne.

Wintringham raises homelessness issue on ABC

Recent census data shows there has been an increase in older homeless people, but this is not a new problem; Wintringham has been creating homes for older Australians, who are at risk of homelessness, since 1989.

The ABC’s Life Matters program spoke with Wintringham’s founding CEO, Bryan Lippman, as well as two Wintringham residents, Lorraine and John in an episode focusing on the increasing number of people over 55 looking for a permanent home.

Click here to listen to the episode.

Wintringham to build $10m development in Shep

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.