New South Wales aged care provider Peninsula Villages has received approval for a $2 million expansion of accommodation in Umina to provide housing for seniors.
The NSW Central Coast site currently houses 12 residents across 13 small dwellings and accommodates people with a disability or those on low income.
Peninsula Villages proposed adding 16 prefabricated residences to the site and converting the existing community hall into two dwellings for seniors.
Peninsula Villages CEO Shane Neaves said the organisation was constantly working on projects to bring social, environmental and community benefits.
“We have found that affordable housing for seniors is a real issue on the Central Coast, so we decided to fund this project entirely on our own without any local, state or national government assistance,” Mr Neaves said.
“This development allows us to continue supporting the current residents while offering the opportunity to provide support to others who are in need of assistance in the future,” he said.
The new homes will be manufactured locally and off-site to minimise disturbances to existing residents.
“In the process of developing this project we have ensured that independent living takes a high priority.
“We understand there is a large portion of the population who still wish to live in a self-contained home but are less ambulant than they have been in the past and may not be in a position to buy into traditional independent living units,” Mr Neaves said.
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