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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 4 Hansard (4 May) . . Page.. 1324..


Housing ACT has provided $5,000 to the ACT Public Tenant's Association Inc to assist with operational expenses for 2005-06 financial year. The Association is also eligible to apply for a further Tenant Initiated Grant under the Community Linkages Program and other funding programs. Representatives from the ACT Public Tenant's Association Inc are also actively involved in the Joint Champions Group.

Housing ACT—vulnerable tenants

(Question No 1032)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 29 March 2006:

What policies and procedures does Housing ACT have in place to check on elderly, frail or vulnerable tenants in public housing properties to monitor their health and wellbeing to ensure they receive support services or are not left in an isolated position.

Mr Hargreaves

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

Housing ACT has active partnerships and referral protocols in place with a range of government and community organisations regarding the provision of appropriate support services. This includes through the Community Linkages Program and Aged Care Workers in Regional Community Services. Housing ACT also utilises Client Support Co-ordinators to broker support and negotiate referral to advocacy and support organisations for elderly, frail or vulnerable tenants in public housing properties.

Housing ACT has recently arranged for the Australian Red Cross Client Assessment Unit, a service which offers support to socially isolated residents, to provide two information sessions for Housing Managers. The sessions will provide staff with information regarding the services offered and the referral process. Information regarding the service will then be promoted and explained to tenants during Customer Service Visits where it is identified that elderly, frail or vulnerable public housing tenants may be socially isolated.

Housing ACT aims to undertake a Client Service Visit to every public housing tenant each year. The Client Service Visit allows face-to-face contact with tenants and assists in identifying social support needs.

Disabled persons—housing

(Question No 1034)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 29 March 2006:

How many Disability Group Homes, operated by Disability ACT, have (a) closed since 2001 and (b) had reduced occupancy rates since 2001 to date.

Mr Hargreaves

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

(1) (a) No Group Homes operated by Disability ACT have closed without a replacement property being opened or individuals electing to transfer to private tenancy and/or support arrangements. The net number of group homes has in effect increased by


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