THE bid to keep Sea View House operating as a supported residential service from next month is in critical need of financial support.
The Friends of Sea View House is set to lease the facility from January 25 next year, but yesterday made an urgent appeal for supporters of the facility to dig deep into their pockets in the next few weeks to meet start-up capital funding requirements.
Friends’ steering committee chairwoman Myra Bourke said the public donations received so far had totalled around $52,000.
Mrs Bourke has been appointed manager of the facility on a pro bono basis by the steering committee until a permanent manager is appointed, allowing wages of $50,000 be added to the start-up fund, she said.
“The Portland District Health board of management which currently owns and operates the facility is saying we need $300,000 as star-up capital, plus further funds to meet the first 12 months of the lease,” she said.
“There is no doubt the board is supportive of us taking over the facility, we just have to meet the requirements it has set.
“We also have to convince the Department of Health we have the finances available, although at this stage they have set no figure.”
Read more in Wednesday’sPortland Observer.