BGF to close BG House
The Bobby Goldsmith Foundation (BGF) has announced plans to withdraw from its 10 unit ‘supported accommodation’ building, Bobby Goldsmith House (BG House).
BG House was opened 17 years ago at a time when the needs of people living with HIV were far different to those people with HIV face today. BG House was originally set up as a respite and care facility to assist people living with HIV AIDS in the final stage of the illness.
With today’s anti retroviral treatments ensuring people with HIV live longer healthier lives, the need for respite care is lessening. With this in mind, BGF has realised this type of service model is less relevant to the community and BGF is evolving to meet the new demands of clients.
Given that BG House is an old style heritage property that requires considerable ongoing maintenance that is beyond the funding ability of the charity, coupled with the changing issues of people living with HIV, BGF has decided to withdraw from BG House.
Residents will be given a 90-day notice to quit and be assisted with rehousing by BGF.
BGF stressed no-one would be made homeless as a result of the process.
In a statement BGF CEO David Riddell said all current residents will be found suitable accommodation that meets their present health and social needs.
“The board of BGF have committed to the ongoing care and support of all affected individuals and the BGF staff meet weekly with residents and support staff to ensure the residents are heard and their individual needs met.”
Currently BGF owns 33 % of BG House, the remainder is owned by the NSW Housing Department. Only seven people live in BG House, with staff providing direct support and coordinating services as needed.