Renovated emergency accommodation opens in Surry Hills – City Hub Sydney

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The Wesley Edward Eagar Center (pictured) has been renovated. Picture: Facebook.

By DANIEL LO SURDO

The Wesley Edward Eagar Lodge in Surry Hills reopened after a comprehensive refurbishment, which included a series of new improvements to help the crisis shelter “better understand the needs of each person”.

The renovations are said to support a new model of care, which will include dignity at its core and provide larger, safer rooms with private bathrooms and comprehensive services, such as a new retail space and a cafe, to provide additional training and employment. Opportunities.

In a statement, the Reverend Stu Cameron, CEO and superintendent of the nonprofit Wesley Mission, which manages the center of Surry Hillssaid the new care model would “focus on the long-term impact and positive change the lodge can have in people’s lives”.

“By putting the needs of the person first, we strive to serve the whole person, not just their current challenges,” Mr Cameron said.

The City of Sydney provided $1 million to Wesley Mission to support Surry Hills renovation

A renovated room in the center. Picture: Facebook.

Wesley Mission filed plans for the modifications in July 2019, as part of an $11.7 million application that was conditionally approved by the city three months later. The City has allocated $1 million for renovations through its Affordable and Diverse Housing Fund, with The Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore saying the City was “proud to partner with Wesley Mission” on the project.

“The Center has been part of the fabric of the Surry Hills town center community since the 1970s, helping some of our most vulnerable with crisis accommodation and support,” said Cr Moore.

While the center was closed for renovations, Wesley Mission used facilities in temporary locations in Ashfield and around the city to provide emergency accommodation.

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