First of six new community-based homes opens in Oakleigh

Oakleigh Centre opening
11 August 2016

Oakleigh Centre opening

Therese Desmond, Oakleigh Centre CEO, Steve Dimopoulos, local MP, and Minister Martin Foley talking with one residents moving into the new home

The first of six new community-based homes to replace the Oakleigh Centre’s outdated congregate accommodation for people with a disability officially opened this week.

It’s a major milestone for the redevelopment project that is giving people with a disability the chance to live in brand new homes in the community for the first time. Most of the existing residents have lived in institutional accommodation for many years.

The Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley joined Oakleigh Centre staff, neighbours and local member, Steve Dimopoulos, to welcome the residents to their new home.

Six people will move into the new home in the coming weeks. The residents with their families and staff have played a key role in designing and developing the new homes according to their needs and preferences.

The Victorian Government has committed $14.1 million to build the new homes as part of its commitment to close old congregate-care style facilities. The project’s remaining homes will be completed by the end of the year when the existing facility will close.

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