There has long been widespread debate about young people with a disability being housed in aged care facilities. The major concerns have centred around a lack of stimulation in an essentially sedate environment, as well as concerns about not having the opportunity to live independently with support. Perhaps most importantly for their social development is being able to spend time with people their own age.
Community Housing Limited (CHL) has taken steps to address this issue with Housing NSW by announcing the construction of a group home built to house five young people with a disability under the Young People In Residential Aged Care (YPIRAC) program, a national initiative being driven by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services, and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA).
“One of CHL’s long term goals is to assist young people. It’s not common for community housing organisations to be in a position to assist this age group, so this is an exciting development for us,” says CHL’s NSW State Manager, Patrick Yeung. “This is also a positive first step in a longer term relationship to build the level of affordable housing stock in the Armidale community.”
CHL will receive $1.2m in YPIRAC funds to build the property on land purchased in Armadale, with on-going support provided by a local social support agency. While CHL will be managing the project, there will be numerous subcontracting opportunities for local Armadale businesses.
“This property will be a quality-built affordable group home that offer a wonderful new living environment for these young people, who will of course be around people their own age,” says Mr. Yeung. “This initiative will also contribute to the local economy through the employment of subcontractors in the construction of these homes, which we expect to be completed and ready for move in by early next year.”
As the only community housing growth provider approved to operate nationally, CHL is on the leading edge of affordable housing growth around the nation. Mr. Yeung says local councils and local businesses everywhere are seeing that one of the keys to building successful communities is to ensure there is a minimum level of affordable housing stock available to locals.
“Strong communities need to keep low to moderate income earners in their towns and suburbs for numerous reasons including keeping families closer together, enabling people to remain in the towns they grew up in, creating a heterogenous mix of people with different perspectives, and even providing an important source of labour for essential but relatively low-skilled jobs,” he says.
“Armadale is a wonderful place, and we’re hoping to gain the support of local people to continue building quality affordable homes that we will manage and maintain for the long term.”
Community Housing Limited (CHL) is a national and international provider of affordable housing. Its mission is ‘to provide affordable and sustainable housing for all’. CHL is a registered Housing organisation in Victoria and an approved growth provider in NSW, Tasmania, WA and SA.
CHL is a vertically integrated operation that manages the entire housing lifecycle. This includes securing funding, locating suitable land, project managing, designing and constructing, then managing the tenancy for the long term which includes collecting rents and maintaining the property.
By the end of 2009-10 financial year, CHL will have more than 3000 properties in its national portfolio.
For more information on CHL, contact:
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Community Housing Limited
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m 0430 555 241