Stimulus assists Somerville to help people in need

The $100m public housing stimulus program has helped organisations like Somerville Community Services refurbish homes which help homeless families transition into housing.

Three people, two men and a woman stand and smile to the camera with white walls, a built-in wardrobe and a doorway in the background.

Somerville General Manager Housing and Homelessness David Ridley, DLGHCD’s Director Planning and Housing Supply Owen Dutton and Somerville General Manager Community Services Deborah Bampton at one of the recently refurbished houses in Palmerston.

The outside of a refurbished house is captured from front on, complete with freshly-painted white walls and a new white-iron roof. Luscious green grass in the house’s front yard and in its backdrop bright blue sky can be seen, as well as the tops of four palm trees poking out from the backyard.

The houses received upgrades including new roofing and fresh coats of paint.

The organisation recently received some assistance from the department’s stimulus program to renovate four homes in the Palmerston area.

Somerville CEO Lawson Broad said the funding helped his organisation give the homes complete makeovers, significantly benefiting homeless families staying there.

“The stimulus program has enabled Somerville to create inclusive, functional and aesthetically beautiful home environments for families,” he said.

“Showing our tenants through our newly renovated homes has boosted the morale of our staff as they see the smiles on the faces of their clients and their children.

“The stimulus program communicates value and dignity to disadvantaged people being able to live in a freshly-renovated home.”

The homes have been fully refurbished with new kitchens, bathrooms, cabinetry, flooring, fixtures and paint.

In addition, the stimulus program has given Somerville the opportunity to refurbish two more houses used for disability accommodation.

The houses will be fit for purpose to enable its tenants to live with greater independence.

Last updated: 02 March 2020

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