Sunbury to receive housing

Housing Minister Colin Brooks announced the funding commitment on June 15, (L-R) Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison, MP Colin Brooks , former Haven Foundation resident Ross Tully, Member for Ripon Martha Haylett, Mind Australia chief executive Gill Callister and The Haven Foundation board chair Jeremy Coggin (supplied).

Zoe Moffatt

Sunbury will receive new housing for up to 16 people living with mental health challenges in June 2024, as part of Homes Victoria’s Big Housing Build.

In an announcement on June 15, Mind Australia and The Haven Foundation said eight new residences, totalling 106 homes, will be built throughout Victoria to provide high quality, long-term housing.

Mind Australia chief executive Gill Callister said this development invests in support and recovery for people with mental ill-health in communities throughout Victoria.

“The Haven Foundation residences have been shown to reduce hospitalisations and homelessness for people with mental health concerns,” Ms Callister said.

“[This is achieved through] providing stability and security and recovery focused support…. [to] enable people with significant long-term mental health issues to lead successful and fulfilling lives.

“We look forward to being able to support more people than ever before through this genuinely effective model of housing with support.”

The new developments are part of the Homes Victoria $5.3 billion Big Housing Build, and will feature one-bedroom self-contained homes with a wardrobe, bathroom, kitchen and eating area, laundry, lounge room and outdoor area.

They will also feature shared indoor and outdoor community living and lounge areas, kitchen, meeting spaces and overnight facilities on site mental health staff.

The Haven Foundation executive director for housing strategy Mark Heeney said the locations have been chosen based on the region’s need, and is in close proximity to shops, public transport and amenities.

“Locations for Haven residences are chosen based on the need of the local region for mental health support of this kind,” Mr Heeney said.

“It is important [sites are close to amenities] as we know that an important part of a person’s recovery is being able to manage daily activities, rebuild and maintain connections.

“[This also allows them to] engage with education and employment, and participate fully in the community.”

The other new Haven residences will be located in; Kilmore, Colac, Frankston, Corio, Wodonga, Wonthaggi and Traralgon.

Details: or 1300 286 463.