FRIENDS of Sea View House Inc is now looking for prospective residents for the Supported Residential Service (SRS) to express their interest.
The steering committee, led by chairperson Myra Bourke, explained to a crowd of close to 50 people the progress the committee has made in recent weeks.
The meeting was held as new laws to govern SRS’s were introduced by the Victorian Government on July 1. Included in these laws is the abolishment of large ingoing fees, replaced by a bond capped at four weeks rent.
The committee is working to finalise its business plan to operate the SRS and is looking at estimates of $650 per week for a private room with sea view and ensuite; $550 for a private room with ensuite and no sea view; and $470 per week for a private room with an shared ensuite between two rooms.
It was discussed at the meeting that the cost may initially appear prohibitive to a lot of people, but Jenny Tonkin, whose mother is still a resident at Sea View House said it would actually work out cheaper than what many of the previous residents owed.
“When you take into account the large ingoing fees (believed to range between $30,000 and $80,000), which was non-refundable after six-months on top of the weekly rent, my mother has paid more than $800 week,” Mrs Tonkin said.
She said it was an achievable amount to pay per week if the resident was backed up by an asset, either renting or selling their home.
Read more in Friday’s edition of the Portland Observer.