The NSW Nationals in the state government are investing $5.5 million in social housing to give vulnerable young mothers, including those at risk of homelessness, a secure home and greater support to pursue their education.
NSW Nationals Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey met with young mothers and their children living in a modern, high-quality villa complex in South Kempsey. The women are studying at the nearby Macleay Vocational College and are participants in the Nhuka Dhalayikurr Ginda Barri Centre program.
“We are giving mothers as young as 16 a roof over their head so they can focus on gaining a vocational education that will put them on track to a rewarding career,” Ms Pavey said.
“It’s a great example of how an investment in housing, coupled with a carefully-tailored education program, can break the cycle of disadvantage and bring benefits that will last a lifetime.”
The state government’s Land and Housing Corporation purchased the complex of 22 new two-bedroom units on Reginald Ward Street. The units will be managed by Community Housing Limited, with at least six units dedicated to the ‘Mums and Bubs Hub’ for young mothers attending the Ginda Barri Centre at Macleay Vocational College.
Principal of Macleay Vocational College, Mark Morrison OAM, said the Ginda Barri Centre specialises in helping young mothers who have fallen out of mainstream education for a variety of reasons.
“Being involved in education brings a sense of purpose in community for these young mothers,” Mr Morrison said.
“They share and learn positive parenting skills in a supportive environment and develop a sense of belonging, pride and cultural awareness.
“A number of our students are at risk of homelessness, and this new accommodation will make all the difference to them being the first in their family to gain an HSC and achieve outcomes towards further study and joining the workforce within their chosen vocation.”