Affordable housing residence in Bunbury celebrates fifth birthday

7 Aug 2018

Access Housing has celebrated five years of its affordable housing residence in Bunbury providing safe and secure accommodation to some of the city’s most vulnerable low-income earners.

The three-storey residence in Bunbury’s CBD offers 37 furnished single bedrooms to people aged 18 and over. It is close to public transport, parks and support organisations including employment agencies, health service specialists and government departments.

Each of the private bedrooms include an ensuite and are complemented with shared kitchen, laundry and living room facilities on each floor. Shared dining facilities are also available, as is a spacious communal barbeque area.

Acting Access Housing Chief Executive Officer Lyn Brun said the residence had provided hundreds of low income earners a foundation from which they could stabilise over the past five years.

“This residence primarily accommodates people with tough journeys behind them – and often still in front of them – who are looking at getting their lives back on track,” Ms Brun said.

“Residents will often have special needs that require not just the empathy and attentiveness of our committed staff but also the assistance of nearby support services and government agencies.”

Acting Access Housing CEO Lyn Brun (left) and Director Debra Bakker present In-Town Lunch Centre Chair David Bailey with one of the donated swags

An event celebrating the residence’s five years of operation was held on Monday 6 August. In attendance was City of Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan and Chief Executive Officer Mal Osborne, Access Housing staff, residents and staff from local community service agencies that work with Access Housing to support residents to remain housed and take positive steps forward in their lives.

“Access Housing is proud of its contribution to the Bunbury community via our management of the residence and other affordable housing initiatives that provide opportunities for people to move through the housing continuum and, potentially, out of the social housing system,” Ms Brun said.

The residence’s fifth birthday celebration coincided with the start of National Homelessness Week 2018 (6-12 August). The annual themed week promotes a greater understanding and awareness of homelessness in the community, with this year’s theme in WA being ‘There’s always something you can do’.

As part of its support of National Homelessness Week, Access Housing donated eight swags to the Bunbury In-Town Lunch Centre. The In-Town Lunch Centre will now allocate the swags to people sleeping rough in the Bunbury area.

The swags are lightweight, water and windproof, fire retardant, mildew resistant and roll up into a backpack that also has space for personal belongings.