19 June, 2014
Preston Community Hub Art tutor, Kelly Gatchell Hartley with client David Edgell.
The new Preston Hub has officially opened.
The hub at 137 High St provides programs and activities in life skills and more for locals including residents of a neighbouring affordable housing complex.
They are delivered by the not-for-profit provider of affordable housing managing the complex, Housing Choices Australia, and community organisations Preston Neighbourhood House, Neami, and arbias.
Preston Neighbourhood House is a registered training organisation; Neami, a community-based service supporting people with mental illnesses; and arbias, a not-for-profit provider of specialist services for people with acquired brain injury.
Officially opening the hub this month, Darebin Mayor Gaetano Greco said: "I am encouraged that the Preston Hub contributes to the city’s authenticity and diversity by integrating support programs on site for those people most at risk of homelessness and housing stress".
Housing Choices Australia acting chief executive Noel Phillips said that as well as creating opportunities for its residents, the hub would benefit the wider community.
Some programs and activities are open to the public.
The Preston Hub building is owned by the Department of Human Services and managed by Housing Choices Australia.
The project cost about $100,000, and was funded by DHS, Housing Choices Australia and Neami, whose clients have created a colourful mural at the hub.
Originally published in the Preston Leader.