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Social Policy

Young Queenslanders with disabilities to benefit from housing scheme

2 Jun 2014, by Informa Insights

Disability Services Minister Tracy Davis
Disability Services Minister Tracy Davis

Construction has commenced on a new disability housing complex in Queensland, providing more tailored accommodation for those in need in the state.

The latest Youngcare project – which is also working to provide more “age-appropriate” housing for disabled youth in other states and cities – is based on a government-funded site in Wooloowin, Brisbane. A second Brisbane site is located in Albany Creek.

Disability Services Minister Tracy Davis explained that the housing represents another step in Queensland’s transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

“This government has strong plans for a brighter future and ahead of the NDIS transition, we will continue to form innovative partnerships with organisations like Youngcare to increase the quantity and diversity of housing available for people with a disability,” she said.

The housing project is great news for young people with disabilities and other high healthcare needs in Queensland and around Australia, given the growing awareness around the need for age-appropriate disability accommodation. Youngcare revealed that a total of 1,475 young people in Queensland are currently in aged care facilities due to the lack of specialised housing.

The first stage of the Wooloowin project – which could be completed by October this year – involves building a share house that will accommodate up to four young adults. From there, the second stage will provide four co-located family homes.

Thanks to the new housing scheme, young people with high care needs will be able to continue living with their family at home while still having access to vital, 24/7 healthcare support as necessary.

“Seeing younger people live in aged care is a national tragedy and new age-appropriate homes like this development bring us a step closer to ensuring all young people get the opportunity to live young lives,” said Youngcare CEO Samantha Kennerley.

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