Supported accommodation opens in Glenorchy

5 February 2020|Community News| Off Comments off on Supported accommodation opens in Glenorchy|

THE Glenorchy community has benefited from the opening of new affordable units as part of the Federal Government’s $30 million social housing package, negotiated by Federal Member for Clark Andrew Wilkie last year.

Located in Schofield Court, the units were part of the Supported Affordable Accommodation Trust’s $6 million component of the package.

“Supported Affordable Accommodation Trust is an initiative that chair Bob Gordon conceived in 2015,” Supported Affordable Accommodation Trust executive officer Ralph Doedens said.

“It looked at how we solve the housing crisis in terms of providing affordable housing, particularly for people with a disability and vulnerable Tasmanians.

“There’s a big backlog of people looking for supported accommodation, both from a disability perspective and an aged care perspective, so we thought why don’t we come up with a commercial solution for this problem and that’s what we did.”

Mr Doedens said the site was the first of nine that would be built with the $6 million grant.

“Each will have three two-bedroom units around a shared staff support area and a shared access ramp for all residents,” he said.

“There’s 11,500 people on the NDIS in Tasmania and only around 800 of them have managed to get supported housing at this point.

“Another thousand or so properties will be needed over the next 10 to 20 years in the disability sector.”

Mr Wilkie said the Supported Affordable Accommodation Trust had done a fabulous job of fast-tracking its $6 million component of the package.

“The other $24 million is being invested in Housing Choices Tasmania, CatholicCare Tasmania and Community Housing Limited,” he said.

“All up, the four services providers are developing more than 130 affordable dwellings in the Greater Hobart area.”

Mr Wilkie said there was a pressing need for this sort of supported accommodation.

“Many hundreds of Tasmanians, in particular those with a disability or mental illness, are currently on waiting lists and this is forecast to grow into the thousands in coming years,” he said.

“I’d especially like to recognise Bob Gordon’s work – the Supported Affordable Accommodation Trust is an innovative service provider and business model, and this opening is a wonderful example of what can be achieved when people think outside the square and governments are prepared to support them.”

Caption: The new affordable units located in Schofield Court.

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