Sidney Myer Haven, the $7.5+million program was officially opened by Baillieu Myer AC in October 2015. This marked a new chapter in the delivery of social housing and support services and, most importantly, the lives of the participants. Located 2km from Bendigo CBD, Sidney Myer Haven is a residential complex consisting of 23 one and two bedroom units that house a mix of singles, couples and families who are supported 24/7.
An intensive social curriculum program is attached to the medium term housing that collaborates with other organisations to support personal growth and development, social and emotional skills; training and employment: living home management and tenancy skills; health awareness, advocacy, leadership and civic participation.
The Social Curriculum approach of using formal training and development programs is the first of its kind in Australia.