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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 6 Hansard (24 June) . . Page.. 2802..

People with a disability are able to apply to Housing ACT for public housing and an early allocation of accommodation. Housing is also available through the Community Organisation Rental Housing Assistance Program (CORHAP) to community housing providers who assist people with disabilities.

People with a disability who are currently in Disability ACT group homes will be offered the opportunity to enter into a tenancy agreement directly with Housing ACT, affording them the same tenancy rights as all other tenants.

Many people with a disability will require support to assist them to live independently in their home. Disability ACT funds accommodation support through non-government agencies either through block grants or Individual Support Packages. The 2004-05 Budget provides additional funds for community service provision, including accommodation support for those in the highest need.

Two of the key strategic directions outlined in the "Future Directions for Disability ACT 2004-08" paper are aimed at improving the planning and funding of people requiring ongoing support and developing a sustainable and responsive service sector to deliver this support.

Housing-maintenance requests

(Question No 1520)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 5 May 2004:

(1) How many requests for maintenance to A.C.T. Housing properties have been received by A.C.T. Housing during (a) 2001 - 2002, (b) 2002 - 2003 and (c) 2003 - 2004 to date;

(2) What is the (a) number of requests for maintenance within each category or classification of works and (b) average waiting time for maintenance requests within each category;

(3) What is the total cost, to date, of maintenance to A.C.T. Housing properties from 2001-2004;

(4) What are the details of amounts paid to service providers for maintenance works completed during (a) 2001-2002, (b) 2002-2003 and (c) 2003-2004 to date;

(5) Does the Department have a policy whereby tenants are provided with basic home maintenance courses;

(6) If so, how many courses have been undertaken and how many tenants have participated.

Mr Wood: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Housing ACT receives requests for maintenance through many varied methods. These requests resulted in jobs raised in the following quantities:

(a) 2001-2002

171,360 jobs (including the program of hardwiring smoke detectors in each property)

(b) 2002-2003

147,707 jobs

(c) 2003-2004

125,076 jobs (to 30 April 2004).

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