Major Australian philanthropic foundation, The Ian Potter Foundation, has awarded the HammondCare Darlinghurst project $2.5 million across five years towards the construction and running of its aged home for older people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless.

HammondCare Chief Executive Dr Stephen Judd welcomed the grant as a significant boost for the capital campaign, towards building the $20 million project.

The City of Sydney has committed $1.5 million towards the project.

“This is very exciting for the Darlinghurst project and I thank The Ian Potter Foundation for its generous support and commitment to the aged homeless in Sydney,” Dr Judd said.

Mr Charles Goode, Chair of the Ian Potter Foundation, said The Foundation was delighted to support such a unique, innovative model.

“The Foundation supports and promotes projects that are innovative and facilitate social change. We are hopeful that HammondCare Darlinghurst facility will leverage future investment from the NSW State Government into similar projects that will help to restore dignity to older people who are homeless and who have complex health needs,” Mr Goode said.

HammondCare Darlinghurst will provide long term residential aged care accommodation in private rooms for 42 men and women, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the area. It will incorporate specialist services for people with high care needs. Construction is underway with completion due in early 2019.

The organisation is still seeking funds and supporters for the project, and says the learnings will be transferable to other similar projects in the future.