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Disability services—housing
(Question No 264)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, upon notice, on 12 May 2017:

In regard to Havelock Housing and the recent Report on Government Services that noted that supported services in the ACT are struggling to meet demand and should exit people from their services into community housing or other stable accommodation, what (a) is the status of the merger between Havelock Housing and Capital Community Housing, (b) effect will this merger have on current housing clients, particularly those with a disability and (c) reasons are there for the consistently high vacancy rate at Havelock Housing.

Ms Berry: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(a) Capital Community Housing (CCH) ceased operating on 28 February 2017, with 90 properties with tenants in situ choosing to transfer to Havelock Housing Association (HHA), eight households in the process of transferring to Housing ACT, and one household transferring to CatholicCare.

(b) The transfer of tenancy management and tenancy support for tenants from CCH to HHA was an arrangement initiated by the sector and supported by Housing ACT to minimise disruption to tenancy services caused by the closure of CCH. All tenants, carers and guardians maintain the right to exercise choice over current and future service delivery arrangements. Tenants in receipt of support packages from the National Disability Insurance Scheme continue to receive disability support without disruption.

(c) As at 29 May 2017, Havelock House has only one vacancy. While the viability of the shared accommodation model is impacted due to the increasing complexity of people for whom this model is not suitable, HHA has worked hard over the past two years to reduce the vacancies by offering a range of financial incentives to encourage applicants and referrals, improving the reputation of Havelock House, and securing significant grants to improve the appearance and safety of the building.

Canberra Institute of Technology—Woden campus
(Question No 266)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research, upon notice, on 12 May 2017:

(1) What is the status of the proposed Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) “inner city” facility planned for the Woden Town Centre.

(2) What is the proposed timeline for completion of such a facility.

(3) How will the Government ensure that suitable land is available in the Woden Town Centre for the CIT facility.

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