Contrary to what many people believe, the NDIS does not automatically give People living with a disability a house. Nor do they pay their rent – except under exceptional circumstances.
Funding for housing is only provided to a small proportion of NDIS participants with extreme functional impairment or very high support needs who meet specific eligibility criteria. This is known as SDA – Specialist Disability Accommodation. (Refer to https://www.ndis.gov.au/providers/housing-and-living-supports-and-services/housing/specialist-disability-accommodation).
The NDIS does not cover accommodation, rent or other day to day expenses, i.e. groceries, phone, etc – except under extreme circumstances. These costs are the responsibility of the individual. Some People living with a disability (PWD) may be entitled to Commonwealth Rent Assistance and disability support pension.
The NDIS does fund supports that will empower and enable People living with a disability to live as independently as possible. These supports could include support workers to assist with shopping, accessing the community, personal hygiene and meal preparation.
People living with a disability and mental health issues are among the most vulnerable in our community. There is a significant risk that these people, without assistance, could face homelessness. People living with a disability face barriers to finding suitable accommodation. Possible barriers could be lack of income, lack of affordable housing or lack of housing stock. Potential discrimination in the rental market could also be a barrier.
Our research shows that PWD want quality, affordable housing where they can be part of their community. They want to feel safe and secure and have the support they need to live a full and happy life. They want to be able to reach their full potential. Families tell us they want peace of mind knowing their loved ones are safe and happy.
The NDIS does not give People living with a disability a house. This is the reason the Carinbundi Foundation was established.
Quite simply – to build quality, affordable homes for People living with a disability in Bundaberg.
People with disabilities want much the same things we all want. This includes a comfortable place to call ‘home’. A place where they can be part of a small community and feel safe and secure.
They want to live a full and happy life, striving to reach their full potential.
Peace of mind for families
Our research tells us that families want to feel comfortable knowing their loved one is living in a safe environment where they can reach their full potential. This gives them peace of mind. Isn’t this what ALL families want?
People with a disability are often left vulnerable in the private rental market. This is because of affordability, or having to relocate after the sale of a property. In some cases, landlords don’t allow the necessary modifications to accommodate disabilities.
If the Carinbundi Foundation owns the properties, they can guarantee People with a disability will have a Home for Life. Such stability helps them flourish and be everything they can be. This security gives families the reassurance and peace of mind they need.
How can you help?
Easy. Make a donation. For as little as $5 you can buy-a-brick. You can also make monthly donations. You can be part of the solution for as little as the cost of a take-away coffee.
Imagine being part of a community where People living with a disability had their ‘forever home’ and could live with Dignity, Freedom, Safety & Independence.
Contact us if you would like any more information – 4158 9600.