Wesley Edward Eager
(Community Recognition Statement, 23 March 2022, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
On behalf of the Sydney Electorate I congratulate Wesley Mission on the refurbishment and reopening of the Wesley Edward Eager crisis accommodation in Surry Hills.
Since 1979, Edward Eager Lodge has been providing short-term emergency accommodation to people experiencing homelessness, operating from their 1874 heritage-listed sandstone building that was originally a church. The much-needed upgrade include new rooms with private bathrooms, kitchenettes and laundry facilities, improved space for counselling, and a public café where clients and the community can meet and connect. This refurbishment helps give clients dignity and will help Wesley Mission provide vulnerable members of our community with the support they need to get back on their feet and a home. The project was supported by a $1 million grant from the City of Sydney as part of the council's action on homelessness, and I was pleased to attend the official opening with Lord Mayor Clover Moore to see the new facilities. I thank Wesley Mission the Edward Eager Centre for this significant boost to making sure people experiencing homelessness get wraparound individual support and a dignified home during their transition from homelessness.