New disability housing organisation for South Australia
A new disability housing organisation will be established to manage more than 100 new homes for South Australians living with disability, Minister for Social Housing and Disabilities Tony Piccolo announced today.
Speaking at Angle Park, where construction work on the first four homes to be managed by the new authority is now well underway, Mr Piccolo said the organisation would ensure people living in the new homes received the best possible outcomes.
"We are in the midst of a significant investment in new, affordable homes for South Australians living with disability," he said.
"Earlier this year, we announced plans to bring forward $27 million in funding for the construction of 90 new homes purpose-built to meet the specific needs of people living with disability.
"In addition to this, we expect to construct an additional 27 disability-specific homes through the Commonwealth Government's decision to award National Rental Affordability Scheme funding to the new disability housing organisation.
"This means there will be nearly 120 new homes around the state to support people living with disability."
Mr Piccolo said the new housing organisation would oversee the management of the properties, to ensure people living with disability got the best possible outcomes through the significant investment in new homes.
"We want to deliver the best results for people living with disability, and this new organisation will drive innovative reform in the disability housing sector," he said.
"The group will be working closely with government to help us meet the housing needs of people living with disability throughout the state."
Mr Piccolo also announced the first three ambassadors for the new organisation.
"I'm pleased to announce Natalie Wade, Amanda Blair and David Holst as the first ambassadors for the new organisation – helping to establish the board and provide expert advice to the organisation," he said.
"The organisation will be responsive to government priorities and focused on providing housing to high-needs disability clients."
Mr Piccolo said the construction of the new homes, including the four at Angle Park, reflected the Government's commitment to supporting people living with disability.
"These new homes in Angle Park feature innovative design, and has features including shower grab rails, widened doorways and passages, step-less entries," he said.
"The properties will also have a six-star energy rating."
Mr Piccolo said construction work on the Angle Park properties is due to be completed by the end of the year.