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Summer Foundation Communique
Thank you for supporting the NDIS Housing Options project which aimed to build the capacity of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants to understand their housing options under the NDIS and build the capacity of housing providers to understand how Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) works and the housing needs and preferences of NDIS participants.
Through this project we have developed state specific resources for Western Australia and Queensland aimed at NDIS participants to identify housing needs and preferences and SDA providers to build a better understanding about SDA. You can view these resources here.
We are also very excited to launch the SDA in thin markets resource which looks at the barriers and impediments to the development of SDA in thin markets in Western Australia and Queensland:
You can now view this resource on the project webpage.
At the Summer Foundation we use a range of tools and resources to ensure NDIS participants with complex support needs can readily access a range of housing options which align with their needs and preferences. As we are wrapping up the NDIS Housing Options project we wanted to connect you with some of the other fantastic work happening across the Summer Foundation that may interest you.
For NDIS participants and supporters
The Housing Hub – A nationwide housing matching platform created by the Summer Foundation as a social enterprise. The Housing Hub is a way for people with disability to find suitable housing and providers to list housing available. Properties may include existing SDA properties, new SDA builds, non-SDA accommodation, private rental, properties for sale, community housing and shared accommodation.
Housing Seeker Profiles – On the Housing Hub you can create your own Housing Seeker Profile and search for homes faster. Get notified when new properties are matched with your preferences.
SDA Housing Advice Line – Call 1300 61 64 63 for questions about SDA.
Staying connected Webpage – If you have experience of living with a disability or supporting someone who does, you may like to visit the Staying Connected webpage to connect and/or contribute to the work of Summer Foundation. See flyer attached.
Housing Options Events – The Housing Hub runs free housing options events for people with disability and their families.
Moving out of a nursing home – Tools developed by people with disability, for people with disability – to support people currently living in a nursing home or group home, to move into more appropriate housing.
For SDA providers
Welcome Home – A package of compliance education resources for registered SDA Providers and anyone who wants to understand the service obligations of an SDA provider or how to adopt a rights-based approach to service delivery.
For support coordinators and health professionals
UpSkill Program- Offers professional development opportunities to NDIS support coordinators and allied health professionals. In addition to running training sessions for this workforce, the UpSkill team facilitate an online Community of Practice. Community of Practice members get access to free monthly lunchtime learning sessions. The next session on 12 July is on the topic of ‘innovation working in remote Aboriginal communities’ with Cathryn Mcadie and Kate Smith from Eunoia Lane. To attend, please join the Community of Practice here.
Housing Brokerage Service – Supports hospital staff with the discharge of people with disability from hospital to housing that aligns with their housing needs and preferences.
Housing Options Events – The Housing Hub runs free housing options events for support coordinators and other professional supporters of people with disability.
For more information, contact Dayanna Torres, Project Lead — NDIS Housing Options
ph: 03 9894 7006 e: firstname.lastname@example.org