Media Release by The Hon Tanya Pibersek MP

New HOME for people with mental illness in Queanbeyan

Joint Media Release with:

  • Mike Kelly MP, Member for Eden Monaro

Construction is set to begin on ‘HOME’ – 20 self-contained apartments in Queanbeyan for people with chronic mental illness who cannot live independently or are currently homeless.

Tanya Plibersek and Member for Eden Monaro, Mike Kelly today attended the turning of the first sod for the new complex, which has received $2 million in funding from the Rudd Government.

“This accommodation will be invaluable for people experiencing mental illness, who are some of the most vulnerable and isolated members of our society,” Ms Plibersek said.

“Mental illness is a barrier which prevents people getting into and staying in stable housing, and is a common cause of homelessness.

“HOME will provide long term, secure housing for people who have been chronically homeless – people who could not manage to sustain tenancies, even if independent housing was available to them.”

“Reducing homelessness is a national priority for the Rudd Government.

“The Government’s Homelessness White Paper provides an additional $1.2 billion over four years – a 55 per cent increase in investment in homelessness and a substantial down payment on a twelve year reform agenda.

“The White Paper contains ambitious targets – to halve homelessness and offer accommodation to all rough sleepers who seek it by 2020.

“Boosting specialist models of supported accommodation – such as HOME – is one of the key strategies to break the cycle of homelessness and achieving our targets.”

Dr Kelly said this is a significant day for people in the local community who have fought hard to have this accommodation in Queanbeyan.

“This is a great outcome for Father Peter Day, who has made this happen with considerable support from the Queanbeyan community, local businesses and all levels of government,” Dr Kelly said.

“People will have access to 20 brand new self-contained one bedroom apartments, with around the clock care. These vulnerable people would really struggle without the daily support and shelter HOME will provide.”