A PILOT project to provide emergency accommodation in Mansfield is up and running.
Carol Messer, president of the North Eastern Central Conference of St Vincent de Paul, outlined the project being coordinated by St Vincent de Paul and VincentCare Victoria to 60 people gathered at the Mansfield Bowls Club at last week’s launch.
“The Hames Project grew out of a long held dream of Dick Hames, the former St Vincent de Paul Society Wangaratta regional council president, to establish some form of emergency accommodation for people experiencing a crisis in housing availability,” Mrs Messer said.
Mr Hames was also president of the Mansfield Conference of St Vincent de Paul before falling ill last year and then passing on.
However, Mrs Messer said Mr Hames was accompanied in his dream by a local philanthropist who encouraged him to set out to establish a crisis accommodation facility in Mansfield.
She said the dream was supported by the North Eastern Central and State Councils of St Vincent de Paul.