Archdiocese of Canberra-Goulburn report: Today marks 12 months since the official opening of HOME in Queanbeyan.
A community based initiative, HOME provides supported accommodation in a loving setting for people with chronic mental illness who cannot live independently, or are at risk of being homeless.
The first of its kind in Australia, HOME currently has 18 residents comprising 14 men and four women, ranging from 25-65 years of age. Almost half are from areas other than Queanbeyan, including Canberra, Goulburn, and the South Coast. There is just one vacancy left.
HOME aims to change lives by countering the isolation and loneliness that too often goes hand-in-hand with mental illness. Residents are seen every day and encouraged to live active and fulfilling lives within their community.
To this end, some are pursuing studies through TAFE, a couple are working, while others are enjoying new hobbies.
HOME needs to raise $200,000 each year to cover operating costs. It receives no government funding and instead relies on the rents paid by residents and the support of the community.
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