CHL development to offer options for young with a disability

Community Housing Ltd together with 5 Star Project and the Victorian Property Fund (VPF) have announced a new state-of-the-art facility in Sale, Gippsland, will be completed next year that will expand the availability of housing options for young people living with disability or progressive illness.

In total, five shared homes and two independent units will be delivered on the 1,000 sqm site, providing critical age appropriate and affordable housing for vulnerable young people, reducing the likelihood of individuals living in institutionalised accommodation like aged care.

There are an estimated 1,634 young people in residential aged care in Victoria, but only 318 Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) developments underway, indicating a significant short fall in suitable accommodation options available.

CHL partnered with 5 Star Project to secure funding from the VPF’s program aimed at increasing the supply of environmentally sustainable community housing for low income and disadvantaged Victorians. The land for this project has been contributed by 5 Star Project.

Managing director of CHL Steve Bevington said the VPF investment of $1.6 million in funding to deliver specialty accommodation couldn’t have come at a more critical time.

“We welcome the support of the State government and are humbled to be in a position to deliver more affordable and specialised disability accommodation to allow vulnerable Victorians to live their life to the full, in a home that’s built for their needs and abilities,” Mr Bevington said.

“As a leading community housing provider, increasing the supply of affordable and accessible housing is our top priority. We have more than 25 years of experience developing affordable and specialized disability accommodation projects allowing low income and disadvantaged Australians to live independently with dignity.”

According to Leo O’Brien, from the Five Star Project, “We know from experience that many people with disability aged 18- 64 years of age, miss out on accommodation and support services and therefore live in inappropriate settings including aged care facilities. Twenty young people in Sale area currently live in aged care facilities.

The missing piece is the availability of supported accommodation for younger people who need a level of care. This makes it important to work with our partners and supporters- people with disability and their families and friends, all levels of government, business, community organisations, and health professionals, disability service providers, housing providers and funding bodies.”

 Intended features of the planned Supported Living Accommodation include:

  • Optimal resident choice, control, privacy and individuality.
  • Contemporary design
  • Choice of main house or individual self-contained units for residents as needs determine
  • Staff accommodation
  • Close proximity to shops and transport
  • Individually tailored support packages
  • Fully accredited to the Victorian Framework for Disability Standards.
  • Fully accredited to the ISO 9001 International Quality Management System
  • Fully compliant with the Objectives and Principles of the NDIS Act 2013. Australian Government.

 “We will be working closely with the 5 Star management committee and our Supported Independent Living provider, ARUMA to ensure tenants in most need, are provided with this much needed specialised disability housing,” said Grant McNeill, Victorian State Manager for Community Housing Ltd.

The project is due for completion in April 2021.