City of Sydney have announced Wesley Mission as the recipient of a $1 million grant from the Affordable and Diverse Housing Fund to provide upgraded rooms and facilities as part of the total refurbishment of the Wesley Edward Eagar Centre.
Located in Surry Hills, this specialist homelessness service provides crisis accommodation for some of Sydney’s most vulnerable women and men.
Wesley Mission Superintendent and CEO, the Rev Keith V Garner AM, said the major refurbishment of the Wesley Edward Eagar Centre will offer those in need comfort, dignity and an extensive support network.
“This grant from the City will help us dramatically improve the service we provide and allow us to give compassionate and holistic care that reaches into every part of people’s lives,” Mr Garner said.
“The refurbished centre will offer clients the security of a single room with an ensuite. We will also provide access to a diverse service network, including mental health, financial counselling and employment support.
“For decades the Wesley Edward Eagar Centre has provided crisis accommodation for men and women, but the landscape has dramatically changed over that time and we need to look to the future.
“We’re no longer just providing a bed, we’re offering a whole range of services and support. I’m delighted that we’re once again working with the City of Sydney, who have always been good partners of Wesley Mission.
Together we are giving our very best to those who need it most.”
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said Council was proud to support crucial services dedicated to helping the most vulnerable in the community.
“Providing affordable housing and supporting those experiencing homelessness is one of our top priorities at the City,” the Lord Mayor said.
“It’s unacceptable that in a city as prosperous as Sydney, people are living rough on the streets or experiencing extreme rental stress. That’s why we use every lever we can to increase the supply of social and affordable housing in our city, and are delighted to partner with Wesley Mission on this important upgrade.
“By ensuring that everyone has a home, and access to the help they need, we can create and maintain a city that is truly diverse, and welcoming to all.”
We need your help to support Sydney’s homeless
The Rev Keith Garner along with former Prime Minister, the Hon. John Howard OM AC have launched an appeal to raise $12 million to complete the refurbishment.
Responding to this call, individuals, organisations and congregations have begun to donate funds, host events and have joined in prayer for this project. Large or small, each contribution brings us a step closer and we would like to thank everyone who has helped to raise $861,744 to date.
To learn how you can help to bring hope to people experiencing homelessness in Sydney visit https://www.wesleymission.org.au/major-property-development/wesley-edward-eagar-centre-redevelopment/ or call 1800 021 021