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  • Hub development brings exciting new era for MASP

    The vision for a service hub to alleviate homelessness and disadvantage in the Mallee will be realised, with the announcement of $2.45 million in Federal Government funding for the Mallee Accommodation and Support Program (MASP).

    The $5 million MASP Service and Community Hub will breathe new life into the site of a former youth hostel already owned by MASP in Pine Avenue, but which is no longer fit for use.

    The hub will open up opportunities to share services between providers by collaborating, hosting and co-locating complementary services focussed on achieved improved outcomes in addressing homelessness and disadvantage in the Mallee community.

    MASP chairman Greg Leslie said the green light for the project was the culmination of five years of planning by the organisation.

    “MASP has achieved many important outcomes for our community in its more than 30-year history, but as a growing organisation we have reached a point where our current facilities are holding us back,” Mr Leslie said.

    “We have plans and ideas for future programs and more and better services, but we can only pursue those opportunities if we have a facility that’s capable of delivering them,” he said.

    MASP chief executive Gary Simpson said work would now begin for construction to start on the hub later in the year, with the aim of completing the project late next year.

    “This is an extremely exciting step forward in our development not only as an organisation, but as a Mallee community,” Mr Simpson said.

    “This successful funding application to Government, along with MASP’s own financial reserves will allow us to achieve a unique, purpose built facility and all the benefits it brings without drawing on the generosity of the community, or burdening MASP with repayments for years to come” he said.

    “We get generous financial support from the community, through many fundraising events and efforts, but no community donations will be used in this project and community fundraising will continue to go where it always does – directly into service delivery.”

    MASP is a leader in alleviating the impacts of homelessness, abuse, suffering and disadvantage in Mallee communities. It provides a range of services and programs aimed at vulnerable children, youth and families, the disabled and frail aged, as well as the homeless, or those at risk of homelessness.

    Mr Leslie said the overriding strength of the hub would be its capacity to allow organisations working in the sector to find new ways to work together and achieve better outcomes for people whose needs aren’t always straightforward.

    “There are a growing number of social, emotional and wellbeing issues we are facing and we work with many socially-disadvantaged people who experience complex barriers,” Mr Leslie said.

    “The service and community hub enables us to act on a really strong drive that’s emerging in the Mallee community that involves working together to understand the circumstances that lead to someone’s particular situation, rather than the actual trauma, then to work collaboratively and achieve better outcomes, particularly for our most vulnerable people.”

    For further information or interviews please contact Terry or Jacinta Gange 0498 490 672


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