GROUP HOME CONCERNS
Proposed group home would provide short-term accommodation for 54 people in their darkest hour
A TRANSITIONAL group home has been proposed for a site in Rooty Hill Rd North in Plumpton.
The development includes lodging for 54 people, who need short-term housing while they get back on their feet, and six beds for staff.
Elie Farah, of Effective Building and Construction Group, has lodged a development application with Blacktown Council to build the group home.
Husband and wife team Warren and Cheryle Weir, of Providential Homes, would lease the building and run the group home.
Mr Weir said his non-profit organisation had agreements with government and non-government agencies that referred people in need of a bed.
He said the home wouldn’t be for people walking off the street or released from jail.
“This is for people in major need, who need shortterm accommodation,” he said. “We are contracted with agencies and take people referred from them.
“I come from an education background and have a heart for people’s wellbeing, and that starts with accommodation.”
The Weirs said Providential Homes had about 150 people staying in transitional accommodation in Western Sydney nightly.
That includes people who lose their job, elderly people who get evicted and women escaping domestic violence.
Mr Weir said their group homes had a 98 per cent success rate of people getting their own accommodation after staying with them.
According to MacroPlan Dimasi documents supporting the DA, people who stay at the home would be referred by agencies and qualify for 28-day or threemonth stays while they transition into their own home.
A MacroPlan Dimasi report said regional lack of low-cost housing, above average unemployment levels and housing stress supported the development of the group home.
Mr Farah said the site in Rooty Hill Rd North, which is the abandoned pigeon clubhouse, would be improved after the group home was built.
“When it’s finished it’s going to make the place look normal again,” he said. “You look at it ... people can dump rubbish, the grass is overgrown ... but this build will look better to neighbours.”
Mrs Weir addressed concerns about the conduct of people at the property.
“There is zero drug and alcohol tolerance, if there is any on the property or they come under the influence they immediately have to leave,” she said.
“But we support this because it’s very rewarding to see people coming from nothing and crisis in their lives, to have a smile on their face is great.”
Mr Farah said the group was happy to work with neighbours about any concerns they had.
“We are prepared to help the neighbours understand what is going on here,” he said. “We have security cameras, lights that turn on when people come in and out and all the windows are soundproofed.”
An artist’s impression of a transitional group home proposed to provide 54 people with short-term accommodation at Plumpton.