The Mission Australia Centre and neighbouring 40 one-bedroom social and affordable units sit in the heart of Coffs Harbour’s CBD. Both projects form part of Mission Australia’s commitment to help end homelessness and ensure people and communities across the Mid North Coast can thrive.

Funded with the help of our generous supporters, the Mission Australia Centre Coffs Harbour was officially opened by His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley on 27 February 2022.

IMGP9394 1The Mission Australia Centre in Coffs Harbour is a community hub which meets needs across the Mid North Coast by:

  • Providing individuals and the community with access to a variety of support services housed within a single location
  • Connecting locals to a range of support services and activities including homelessness services, health and wellbeing support and social inclusion services.

The Centre’s design and fit-out reflects feedback from community stakeholders. The two-storey community hub incorporates trauma-informed design principles so all spaces are welcoming, safe and accessible. Next door, the residential complex is designed to suit the needs of residents and shaped to be a welcoming, positive environment with maximum fresh air and sunlight for all units. To support their journey to independence, all residents will have access to support services offered at the Mission Australia Centre and will have opportunities to stay involved and connected with the local community. 

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Helping people like Tamara on the Mid North Coast

Tamara experienced homelessness for the first time in 2016 after her marriage of 31 years ended. With nowhere to turn, Tamara and her 18-year-old son took the dogs and drove to a nearby beach.

When Tamara managed to secure a short-term stay at emergency accommodation, her son decided to move back home with his dad. It was just Tamara and her two dogs. Tamara eventually accepted offers to sleep on a friend’s couch and stay in their empty garage, but she knew she had to find a permanent solution.

When Tamara connected with the Mission Australia Housing office in Coffs Harbour, our staff helped her access affordable housing.  Within two weeks Tamara was invited to move into her new home. It was pet-friendly too so her two dogs, Layni and Tilly could stay too.

With our support, Tamara is now feeling more confident and independent.

 

How you can support this project

Continued support is needed to help provide and maintain essential services and programs that are run out of the Mission Australia Centre. We welcome your financial support. If you are interested in contributing to the project, please contact Mission Australia’s Partnerships Manager, Peter Murray.

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How does Mission Australia help?

Mission Australia have been working on the Mid North Coast for almost 20 years and we’ll continue to be a strong, dedicated local presence for many years to come. Our vision for our work in Coffs Harbour is one where we can contribute to strengthening and investing in the social fabric of the community and ultimately, to end homelessness here.

 

 

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Purpose - 'Inspired by Jesus Christ, Mission Australia exists to meet human need and to spread the knowledge of the love of God'