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Home is where the heart is: Wintringham’s Lyndy White, left, and Peter White with Frankston MP Paul Edbrooke, Kevin Hogan and Housing Minister Martin Foley. Picture: Yanni

NOT-FOR-PROFIT organisation Wintringham has opened a 44-bed supported accommodation facility in Frankston to tackle elderly homelessness as part of a Frankston service partnership.

The registered housing organisation, which purchased Frankston’s Angus Martin house last year, has worked with the state government and other agencies to provide the service for elderly people – a first for Frankston. 

Under the partnership, more than $15 million is being invested into Frankston to support socially disadvantaged residents.

Wintringham partnered with the state government to renovate the kitchen to enable an outreach meal service to be provided to homeless people in Frankston. 

In addition, disability services organisation Wallara will offer hospitality training to its clients at Angus Martin House.

Frankston Labor MP Paul Edbrooke said the partnership with Wintringham meant all elderly people would receive support and care “in a place they call home”. 

“This network of partnerships will create long term and increased capacity to assist the broad cross section of disadvantaged people in our community,” he said. 

“We are providing Frankston with professional, collaborating, networked services for our disadvantaged that is focused on helping people, not just feeding them or doing the bare minimum.”

Wintringham spokesperson Julia Mazur said the service had officially opened last week but had not yet opened its doors to residents.

First published in the Frankston Times – 6 February 2017

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