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Caroline Chisholm Terrace



One of the apparent deficiencies in the establishment of the Keysborough area of the parish was the absence of elderlv people. This problem was identified in 1974. when it
was proposed to include flats for the elderly on the parish site in the plans.

In January 1975. a deputation from the parish met with the Minister for Housing to consider this idea. The Minister commended the proposal and four
vears later the Victorian Housing Commission constructed 21 single units and 6 double units on the two acre site leased from the parish for $1 per annum. The agreement was that
the parish could recommend the tenants for the units. although prospective tenants had to comply with Housing  Commission conditions. This meant, basically, that they be eligible
for a pension (either age or invalid).

Initially the following criteria were used as a guide to selection:
The older the person, the more eligible.
The less satisfactory the living arrangements, the more eligible.
The more isolated, the more eligible.
The poorer, the more eligible.
The longer or stronger the association with the area, the more eligible.

Residents were moved into Caroline Chisholm Terrace gradually. It was felt that if only a few were taken in at first, these could be helped to adjust to their new situation; and then
they in turn could help the next lot of tenants coming in.

The residents celebrate the "birthday" of the units each September.

The units have been designed to represent a row of one-storey terrace houses, or a group of suburban brick-veneers. Red brick, lattice screen and tea-tree fences evoke images of
older suburbs. The units all face north towards the sun. and each has its own verandah.The residents enjoy the security and resources of the Parish; their location ensures
that they are not isolated, and the design of Caroline Chisholm Terrace ensures that they are not instirutionalised. No two units are alike. The interior tiling and fittings differ with
each. Provision was made regarding the interior colour schemes to allow for personal ornamentation. Each unit has its own garden which is separated by the low tea-tree fence.
The overall space has a large garden maintained by the Housing Commission. A meandering garden path (with security lights) is part of the common space between the units. In
Caroline Chisholm Terrace the landscaping enhances the sense of identity and privacy which the design initiates.


Each year, in late January, we update our waiting list for our units here at Resurrection.
Are you, or do you know anyone who is, over the age of 65, on a 1ow income and have moderate financial assets?
You are invited to place your name on our waiting list.

The first step is to contact the Department of Human Services Housing Section and get their approval for public housing.
Once you have received a letter of approval from them, together with an application number, then make an appointment with us at the parish and we will put your
name on our waiting list.

The time from being placed on the waiting list and being offered a unit is variable and not easily predicted. As vacancies becoem available the parish provides the names of those on the waiting list to DHS as possible residents.

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