Housing and Tenancy


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.

Having a Home Forum – 16 November 2018

The ACT Office for Disability is pleased to announce the Having a Home Forum on Housing Options for People with Disability, 9am to 7pm Friday 16 November 2018, 2 Bowes St Phillip

To RSVP and for the full program details, go to https://havingahome.eventbrite.com.au/

Morning Session (9am – 1.30pm): Bricks, mortar, supply and demand of accessible and affordable housing (including Specialist Disability Accommodation)

This session is for all community members, including people with disability and their families, interested in learning more about the NDIS funding program for Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA), the experiences of interstate counterparts as well as relevant ACT Government policies. The morning session’s information will focus on the role of developers, builders, investors, financiers, lawyers, community housing providers and disability services.

Afternoon Session (2pm – 4.20pm): What’s working and how do we get there?

For community members – including people with disability, their families, allies and specialist service providers – interested in planning and preparing for future accommodation, with or without SDA and/or private funding sources.  With a wide range of short presentations aiming to start a conversation about:

  • Preparing for change – what do I need to do to get ready for a move?
  • What’s working well for people with disability already? Are these examples replicable?
  • Is SDA relevant for me, if so, how and what are the steps to make it happen?
  • Finance – what are my options for financing where I will live?
  • House design and home modifications.
  • Finding a house, finding housemates.

Evening Session (4.30pm – 7.00pm): How do we get to having a home?

A world cafĂ© style discussion, where participants can step themselves through the “housing pathways” that are relevant for them, bringing together a wide range of participants and experts, including people with disability and their families – covering the many elements of planning and preparing to have a home.  For community members – including people with disability, their families, allies and specialist service providers – interested in planning and preparing for future accommodation, with or without SDA and/or private funding sources.

National Disability Insurance Scheme

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.auExternal Link
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

Resources

The practical aspects of property planning
A Place to Call Home: Thinking it Through (Mamre - Pave the Way, Queensland) External Link
From House to Home: Housing, Tenancy and support for People with Complex Needs Related to their Disability (Disability ACT)
Universal Design Guide (Disability WA) External Link

Decision-making and shared responsibility
Choreographing life: How authority and responsibility can be delegated and shared in right relationship in the lives of people with a disability when they use services that support daily life Home West Association 2007. External Link

Information about different financial arrangements
Home and Community Care funding information External Link

Practical aspects of property
Special Disability Trusts Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2006) External Link
Tenants Union ACTExternal Link

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