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Emergency accommodation centre for ACT veterans

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Ben H umphreys m in is t e r fo r v e ter a n s' a f f a ir s

8 9 / 6 7 21 December 1989


• Canberra's ex-service community will soon have a four bedroom house in Lyneham to accommodate veterans in time of emergency, the Minister of Veterans' Affairs, Ben Humphreys said today..

Mr Humphreys was at the property to hand over a cheque for almost $25,000, the first instalment ot a Federal Government grant worth $55,000. The money will be used to fitout the house and pay initial operating costs.

The veterans' emergency accommodation centre is named in honour of the late Phill Thompson, a former National President of the Vietnam Veterans Association.

Mr Humphreys said:. "Phill, the youngest WO 2nd Class ever appointed in the Australian Army, was a remarkable man who worked tirelessly to bring the concerns of Vietnam Veterans to the notice of the Government and public.

"Although the centre has been identified with Vietnam veterans, it is open to all veterans from all conflicts.

"It will be the fifth emergency accommodation centre to be opened. The first was Angus House in Brisbane, followed by Coral House in Darwin, Cypress Cottage in Perth, and last week I opened the Errol Noack House in Adelaide.

"It is another example of two levels of Government working together to provide a community facility. The ACT Housing Authority provided the house, and the Federal Government the money to get the project up and running."

The main aim of this and other centres is to provide emergency residential accommodation for veterans who are: COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY M IC A H

Homeless as a result of a crisis. ___________

Country people needing access to DVA facilities and/or resources. Undergoing counselling, or receiving specialist care. In need of assistance to move toward independent living, or to re-establish themselves in the community.

Mr Humphreys said he believed projects such as Phill Thompson House would become an integral part of the ongoing and long term services that the Government, and the Department of Veterans' Affairs provide to meet the needs of our veterans and war widows.

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