Anglicare is nearing completion of a new development on Mavis St in Rooty Hill, with a focus on providing affordable housing to single women aged over 55 and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander single women over 45, who need long-term, secure affordable housing.
The Rooty Hill retirement community is an ‘Inside-Out Village’ – Anglicare’s newest innovation. It incorporates serving our senior citizens with broad-based community engagement spaces. The Inside-Out model enhances both the Rooty Hill community and those living in residential aged care and retirement units. By doing this Anglicare is providing sustainable communities. Seniors remain connected to the community and its services but also have easy access to shops and services without the need for transport.
This stage of the development consists of 119 high-quality units – 50 units will be affordable rentals, and the remaining 69 will be independent Retirement Living Units. The development also includes retail spaces, a respite centre and parking for residents and retailers. The development design takes advantage of the central location and the village facilities provide the opportunity for residents to connect with neighbours inside the development as well as the broader community. The project is on track to be completed by July 2020.
“Anglicare has provided affordable accommodation for people in financial need for decades. This new project builds on that long history of care for those who are marginalised and vulnerable,” says Bill Farrand, Anglicare’s Chief Operating Officer.
“Due to the substantial growth of Rooty Hill and increases in the cost of housing in Sydney, the number of people in the area in need of affordable rental accommodation options has increased substantially over the last 10 years,” says Mr Farrand.
“There are over 1,900 individuals aged over 55 living in Rooty Hill who have an individual weekly income of less than $500 per week. Most likely they need affordable housing.
“Anglicare’s development at Rooty Hill will seek to provide high-quality affordable housing as well as support services for residents. We want to create an enabling and secure environment where residents can foster meaningful connections with the wider community,” says Mr Farrand.
The development also includes a 90 bed Aged Care Facility, Anglicare Management facilities, a variety of internal and external communal spaces for all residents, landscaping with children’s play areas, and barbeque facilities.
Anglicare has been delivering services within the greater local area for many years and the significant investment of this development demonstrates Anglicare’s long-term commitment to supporting and enriching the local community.
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