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2018 saw important community projects and initiatives supported in the Central West region with funding totalling $350,000

Helping rewrite the future with Veritas House

‘Annie’ is a young person from the Bathurst region who found herself sleeping rough, with the help of Veritas House she now has a place of her own and is completing her studies. 

Each year in the Bathurst region Veritas House assists over 150 young people aged 16-24 who just like ‘Annie’ are facing homelessness. Many are escaping violent or abusive domestic environments and have no option but to leave home. Youth homelessness is often invisible to the general community and often puts young people in situations where they are at risk of harm. Having no fixed address makes it difficult to get a job, find permanent accommodation or have a normal social life.

Veritas House breaks the cycle of homelessness by providing accommodation in a self-contained unit for a 6 month period to young people transitioning from a homeless refuge. The unit is rented to the young person at below market rate and they are provided with support to learn about managing their finances and home management skills. At the end of the lease, Veritas House provides a rental reference to enter the retail housing market. For many tenants the unit is the first home where they have been able to feel safe.

The current unit was in desperate need of a renovation. The kitchen was over 30 years old and the furnishings had seen better days. A $50,000 grant from the Charitable Foundation enabled the unit to be fully renovated to include a new kitchen, bathroom and laundry as well as new furnishings. The result is a unit that tenants can take pride in while rebuilding their life and an asset that will benefit the Bathurst community by breaking the cycle of homelessness and disadvantage for generations to come.



Beautifully styled living room
The newly renovated Veritas House unit.

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