Our plans for 2017 and 2018
We have extended our work in 2017 to assist homeless men. Renovations are currently underway at our Carrington Street boarding house due for completion mid-January 2018. This extensive work will increase our single bedroom accommodation to 60 from the present 50, a 20% increase!
We are also negotiating with the SA Government for leases over additional properties that would make acceptable boarding houses. We anticipate that this will bear fruit early in 2018.
Our approach to the Government is to locate unused accommodation within or close to the CBD. Provided the Government is prepared to offer a reasonable lease - price and length - we can show a win-win-win bottom line: empty Government property put to good use; a reasonable income to the Government; and a further group of men are provided with reasonable short- to medium-term accommodation supervised by Carrington Cottages.
Projects for the near future
•Upgrade furniture and equipment in residents’ rooms
•Provide Wi-Fi access for all residents
•Install photovoltaic electricity systems to reduce our substantial power bills
•Provide more common areas for recreation and support activities
•Ensure basic ambulance care is adopted by all residents
•Provide “starter kits” ,basic household goods – linen; cookware; cleaning materials, to residents moving on to private accommodation
•Provide supervised private accommodation in suburban flats as a first stage for tenants on transition to independent living
•Create improved amalgamated tenant support;improve networking and liaison with other Adelaide homelessness agencies
•Explore an extension of our successful model to other locations outside the CBD, that could be used as a transitional “halfway house” for men who are becoming ready to move to live independently