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First of many new homes for South Australians with disability

2014-07-24

Thursday 24 July, 2014

The first eight of 135 new homes for South Australians with disability have been completed for the newly-established disability housing organisation, Access 2 Place Ltd.

Social Housing Minister Zoe Bettison said tenants have started moving into the new homes, in Adelaide's northern and western suburbs.

"Access 2 Place will help some of the State's most vulnerable citizens, and was specifically established to supply and maintain appropriate housing for South Australians with disability," Ms Bettison said.

"The community housing organisation will have the majority of the 135 new homes built before the end of 2014.

"They will be spread across the state to provide for people where they are required, including metropolitan Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, Port Pirie, Millicent, Mount Gambier and Murray Bridge.

"A significant number of new properties will be completed between now and the end of the year, but these first homes are a milestone for both Access 2 Place and the people who now have the opportunity of a new home.

"Traditionally, housing and disability service provision were delivered by the same providers in a package; by separating disability support from housing providers, Access 2 Place gives its tenants – people living with disability – more choice and independence in their day-to-day lives.

"Everyone knows how important it is to have a safe and supportive home, and my hope is that through this new organisation more and more people with disability will be able to enjoy the security and comfort which many of us take for granted."

Access 2 Place is an independent, not-for-profit organisation which has secured funding through the South Australian Government to build 135 new proprieties.

This new housing stock is in addition to established houses, giving Access 2 Place a total of about 250 properties as a base for its State-wide operations.

The new organisation is managed by a Board of Directors and will soon advertise for a Chief Executive Officer.

"The implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme will create additional demand for disability housing and it is with great pleasure I welcome Access 2 Place into this space.

"Its presence will help meet this demand, successfully housing many South Australians with disability," Minister Bettison said.

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