Jul 22, 2011

$320,000 for local Home and Community Care Services

Five Inner West organisations will share in $320,000 funding for Home and Community Care (HACC) services, allowing frail, older people and younger people with disabilities to remain in their own homes and communities.

The Marrickville-based Ethnic Child Care Family & Community Services Co-op will receive $120,000 in recurrent funding for two projects involving counselling, support, information and advocacy.

Leichhardt Council will receive $90,000 for three home maintenance and modification projects. Ashfield Council will receive $70,000 to help provide wheelchair access to the Seniors Centre in the new Civic Centre.

The May Murray Neighbourhood Centre in Marrickville will receive $30,000 to help with governance strategies while Marrickville Council will receive $10,000 for social support services.

Labor Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese welcomed the announcement.

“As people get older, they want to remain independent for as long as they can, close to their friends and families,” said Mr Albanese.

“The Gillard Labor Government is providing more funding, for more services, to more older Australians than ever before.”

The services are funded under the NSW Home and Community Care (HACC) Program – a joint initiative of the Commonwealth and NSW Governments.

The HACC program was established by the Hawke Labor Government in 1985 and has grown from over $150 million in 1985 to a $2 billion program in 2010-11, supporting over 800,000 Australians to remain in their homes where they would prefer to be.