(Community Recognition Statement, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
On behalf of the Sydney Electorate I wish to commend the effort of the Habilis group to research, plan and obtain funding to establish accommodation with onsite support and holistic care for very vulnerable people with severe persistent mental illness that excluded them from other housing options.
I met with Habilis representatives some years ago when they told me about the complex needs of this small cohort of people for whom there is no practical option, so they often move between hospital, prison and the street. The Habilis team planned a small community service that would have strong health expertise to help residents stabilise their health and make a life. Habilis now has a Summer Hill site and approved development application for 20 serviced apartments, a caretaker's unit, a clinic and commercial space. They've attained grants and donations needed to support the construction.
I am pleased to support NSW government funding towards this initiative and look forward to Habilis provide much-needed supported accommodation for vulnerable people.