Considering what and where ‘home’ will be, is one of the big questions that has no quick or easy answer. People with disability live in all sorts of different living arrangements in the community. Every property and support arrangement is as unique as the person living in it.
The Having a Home Forum on Housing Options for People With Disability
On Friday 16 November 2018, the ACT Office for Disability brought together people from throughout the ecosystem of housing for people with disability for a day of exchanging ideas and opportunities. The day brought together people with disability, families and carers, community services, financiers, lawyers, housing specialists, developers and innovators.
Please see below for a video and summary of each presentation, slides (where available), and other relevant information. Additional information and resources shared at the Having a Home Forum are also listed below.
People who wish to continue the conversation about housing options for people with disability are invited to:
Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith (Minister for Disability)
Session 1: Bricks, mortar, supply and demand
This session was for all community members, including people with disability and their families interested in learning more about Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) funding, ACT Government policy levers and the experiences of interstate counterparts. The information focused on the role of developers, builders, investors, financiers, lawyers, community housing providers, disability specialist providers.
Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)
Presented by Toni McInnes, The National Disability Insurance Agency
What is Specialist Disability Accommodation?
What are the opportunities presented by SDA?
What does the data say about the size of SDA demand in the ACT?
What factors, if any, could support an increase in SDA supply/uptake in the ACT?
Presented by Kirk Robinson, BFIN investment bank (Sydney)
Lessons from the BFIN/Lighthouse Infrastructure Hunter experience delivering the NSW Government tender to provide supported accommodation for people exiting the Stockton Residential Centre.
Lessons for developing and delivering housing solutions for people with disability in Canberra.
Bringing people with disability together with investors.
NOTE: Please note at approximately the 20 minute mark of this video, the presenter makes a claim in error, stating there is $125,000 available to individuals through the ACT Housing Strategy Innovation Fund – however this information is inaccurate, and has been subsequently corrected. The accurate information is that Round 2 of the Affordable Housing Innovation Fund (as a part of the ACT Housing Strategy) will include a category allocating a total of $125,000 for projects that increase the supply of affordable accommodation suitable for people with a disability. This funding is intended to provide seed funding for pilot project/s that may be suitable for scaling or replication, rather than necessarily providing direct support for an individual’s construction project.
Presented by Hugh Packard, CEO, Valmar Support Services Hugh Packard describes a model used by Valmar to facilitate purchasing of homes for people with disability either independently or with house mates – where each participant contributes to the deposit for the house and then the rent is calculated to cover the mortgage repayments.
Presented by Sally Gibson, Director, Quality, Complaints and Regulation, CSD
Sally presented on the legal and regulatory aspects of safeguards to keep in mind when seeking accommodation or services for people with disability.
The importance of a clear agreement with the housing provider that covers tenancy, occupancy and purchase/ownership agreement including provisions if you wish to change your support provider or housing arrangement.
Presented by Owen Jourdian, Illowra Services (Victoria)
Owen describes the work of Illowra Projects for helping families become the developers for individual or family home ownership including advice, person-centred design, project management and property management.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of funding individualised support for people with disability including psychosocial disability that involves more choice and control and a lifetime approach to the person’s support needs.
To find out more about the National Disability Insurance Scheme: Visit the national website: www.ndis.gov.au Call the NDIA on 1800 800 110
TTY users phone 1800 555 677 and ask for 1800 800 110
Speak and Listen users phone 1800 555 727 and ask for 1800 800 110
Internet Relay users connect to the National Relay Service at relayservice.com.au and ask for 1800 800 110