The Wintringham Port Melbourne Hostel in Melbourne, Australia provides a permanent home to 36 frail older people who were formerly living on the streets or in temporary housing and who are particularly vulnerable to life in homeless persons' shelters. The hostel is of high-quality design and consists of six cottages set within landscaped gardens. Each of the cottages houses between five and seven residents, each with their own en-suite room. A part-time house-carer prepares the daily meals and gives support and assistance. Innovative approaches to design and management have been used, enabling lower than average construction and running costs to be achieved, whilst providing a high quality of life for the residents.
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The Encyclopedia includes problems which such groups choose to perceive and act upon, whether or not their existence is denied by others claiming greater expertise. Indeed such claims and counter-claims figure in many of the problem descriptions in order to reflect the often paralyzing dynamics of international debate. In the light of the interdependence demonstrated among world problems in every sector, emphasis is placed on the need for approaches which are sufficiently complex to encompass the factions, conflicts and rival worldviews that undermine collective initiative towards a promising future.
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