Compass Housing Services has welcomed a $30,000 grant through the NSW Government's 2019 Community Building Partnership Program to help in the planning and building of a community hub in Weston, near Cessnock in NSW.
The project is one of 21 in the Cessnock electorate which shared in $300,000 in funding.
Compass is proposing to build a hub that is modeled on its award winning hubs in operation in Broken Hill and on the Central Coast.
The hubs are one of the many service Compass delivers, in addition to housing, to support tenants in maintaining their tenancies, to create sustainable housing communities and enable residents to access wider services provided by partner agencies. They offer residents a place to meet, socialise and volunteer.
Community hubs support community development.
The Meeting Place was established in a large social and affordable housing estate at Tumbi Umbi on the Central Coast in 2011 by Compass Housing, in partnership with Housing NSW. It is designed to foster a more inclusive environment to diminish barriers between social housing and the general community. It won the national 2018 PowerHousing Award for tenant engagement and social inclusion.
The 123Hub in Broken Hill opened in 2015. It provides a one stop shop from which more than 20 NGOs and Government agencies run 30 different programs. It was built using $100,000 of funding from Compass and runs without taxpayer funding.
The Community Building Partnership program awards grants to the community to invest in infrastructure projects that deliver positive social, environmental and recreational outcomes, while promoting community participation, inclusion and cohesion.
Applications for the 2020 round will open May 4 at www.nsw.gov.au/cbp.