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Armidale ‘Group Home’ a winner

This development has received the accolade for being highly successful in providing its tenants with far more appropriate accommodation enabling a more active and engaged lifestyle after having lived in aged care or high care facilities for periods of between 12 months and 10 years.


CHL was approached by the NSW Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (DADHC) to design and construct a house to provide supported accommodation for people with disabilities in Armidale in 2011.

The ‘group home’ accommodates 5 people with special needs including a self-contained unit for a resident capable of independent living.

This development is part of an expanded range of accommodation models that supports increased accessibility, flexibility and choice, and also enables appropriate client support responding to resident’s needs. The property is designed to fit into a familiar suburban setting, and provides opportunities for residents and their families to engage with the local community.

Whilst the property is designed, constructed and managed by CHL, the support services for the tenants are provided by House With No Steps (HWNS) which focuses on choice of service, taking control of their own lives, and engaging with the community either through employment or other productive contributions. The separation of housing and support services with integrated service delivery approach provide a community living environment for supported independent living.

This development has received the accolade for being highly successful in providing its tenants with far more appropriate accommodation enabling a more active and engaged lifestyle after having lived in aged care or high care facilities for periods of between 12 months and 10 years.

CHL purchased a level block of land near the town centre close to services and consulted with local DADHC staff to establish the project brief and specific design requirements for the future residents.

The approach taken was to design and build a contemporary looking house when seen from the street, and include all required facilities for the future residents and support workers.

The input from all stakeholders has ensured that units are appropriately designed to cater for a range of needs, accommodating hoists and accessible equipment as required by individual residents, adaptable design for all units so that future tenants’ needs can be met and space and privacy for independent living.

This project has also won the Northern NSW Special Purpose Housing Project of the Year at the HIA Shriro Commercial Northern NSW Housing and Kitchen & Bathroom Awards in 2012. The award was decided on the basis of good design, high quality of construction, and the functionality of the development based on the tenant group.

The development was funded via Ageing, Disability and Home Care Services of the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) 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).

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