Salvos select site for new housing

4 May 2022|Community News| Off Comments off on Salvos select site for new housing|

A LOCAL philanthropist and his daughter have partnered with The Salvation Army and the state government to develop a vital community housing project in Moonah.

The 21-unit development on the former Salvation Army Moonah Corps site in Hopkins St will cater for the ever-growing number of women aged over 55 experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, homelessness.

Managed by The Salvation Army, the development will offer one and two-bedroom units for women and, if required, family in their care.

Work on the site, which became available when the Salvos moved their Community Church and Emergency Relief Doorways Centre to Glenorchy, is expected to be completed by mid-2023.

The development is able to proceed thanks to a significant contribution by The Select Foundation, of which philanthropist Bruce Neill is chairman and his daughter Brooke a director.

“The Select Foundation has been a major Tasmanian funder for medical research over the past 20 years and has received national awards for leadership and generosity,” Mr Neill said.

“In recent years we have been a funder to support the vulnerable and homeless and have been seeking a major project to be involved with.

“We are proud and excited to be part of this community social housing development, especially considering the units are specifically for women over 55.

“We look forward to the journey with The Salvation Army and the women that will be housed and supported.”

State Leader of The Salvation Army Captain Kim Haworth said the project is the first of its kind for the Salvos in Tasmania.

“There are too many people experiencing homelessness in our state, including a growing number of older women,” she said.

“This project is just one example of what we can achieve in Tasmania when we partner together to address this growing community crisis.

“Our professional team of staff and volunteers look forward to working with our housed community members and helping them on the road to a brighter future.

“Our desire is to not only build houses, it’s to build homes and healthy communities where every person is valued and can contribute to the mutual flourishing of our society.”

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