Posted November 02, 2019 12:29:20The Aussie coaching legend Eddie Obeid’s home in New South Wales has become the centre of a heated debate about the ethics of building a home that can serve as a beacon for homeless people.
Key points:Cambodia’s homeless population is growing with a large number of families living in makeshift sheltersThe owner of the house says the home is built to welcome the homelessA Melbourne company has made a video in response to concerns about the designThe owner says the house is built for “people that want a place to call home”.
Cambodele has built the home on a hillside overlooking a small river and is now in the process of renovating it to welcome a large influx of people to the property.
Owner David Pugh, who lives on the property, told the ABC he was happy with the design.
“We wanted to do something that we were proud of and make it something that was beautiful,” Mr Pugh said.
“When we first looked at it, it was a beautiful piece of property that would be suitable for the homeless, the elderly, those with mental health issues, people with addiction, all the different groups that live on the hillside.”
The project has attracted the attention of local homeless advocates who have called for the owners to make a change.
“It’s about the people who are on the streets, who are trying to live on their own, it’s about them and they don’t want to be forced to live in shelters,” homeless activist, James Wigg, said.
The ABC understands the building is in good condition.
Cambodesle has already sold a house in the state and is renovating another.
“They’re not going to change the architecture of the home, the building itself, but we are going to build a new home in a way that they want,” Mr Wigg said.
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