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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 3 December 2020) . . Page.. 259 ..

The ACT Government has supported two disability accommodation projects under the Affordable Housing Innovation Fund grants. The Summer Foundation has developed a new housing needs tool, to support people with disabilities and their families to find suitable accommodation. Rights and Inclusion Australia is undertaking a project to reduce housing stress amount people with a disability in the ACT, by identifying suitable housing options available to this cohort.

Through the public housing Growing and Renewing program, the ACT Government is delivering high-quality modern public housing to meet the diverse needs of the Canberra community. The program is well underway and will deliver, where possible, purpose-built Class C gold (or higher platinum) standard housing that adapts to the needs of people living with disability and as people age in place.

As a registered NDIS Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) provider, Housing ACT is currently in the process of enrolling disability housing properties for SDA. Once SDA is established, there will also be a focus on identifying further opportunities and partnerships for the provision of affordable disability housing to people with moderate to low support needs and people otherwise ineligible for social housing.

(3) Among households who had applied for social housing (as at 4 December 2020) there were 490 households with at least one person with disability. Among these 490 households, were 554 persons with disability (some households have more than one person with disability) and 188 of these persons identified their primary disability as being physical.

(4) Of the 490 households on the social housing waitlist with persons with disability, 61 were on the Priority waiting list. Among these 61 households on the priority list were 100 people who were identified as persons with disability, 25 of whom identified their primary disability as being physical.

(5) On 4 December 2020, there were 5,508 households in Housing ACT public housing with at least one person with disability. Among these 5,508 households there were 6,298 people with disability.

(6) Of the public housing properties held by Housing ACT at 4 December 2020, 51% are occupied by households with at least one person with disability.

The total Housing ACT property portfolio also includes properties managed under the Housing Asset Assistance Program (HAAP). These properties are leased to community organisations and other entities for the provision of community housing, homelessness, and other welfare services. Some community housing providers under this program offer specific housing for people with disabilities (for example Focus ACT, L’Arche). Specific household and tenant information is limited for HAAP properties and has not been considered in the above answers.

(7) The ACT Government provides support for forums where people with disability and their supporters can safely discuss issues regarding disability housing and raise concerns.

The Office for Disability have run several consumer forums. The Having a Home forums provided an opportunity for people with disability, their family and carers to discuss housing-related issues they have experienced living in the ACT.

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