19 June 2020

Home ownership offers independence for people with disability

| My Gungahlin
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Minister for Disability Joy Burch this week marked the start of construction on ‘Project Independence’, a new housing model for people with disability living in the ACT, by turning a sod at the Harrison site.

“This project is the first of its kind in the ACT, with the first stage to be built in Harrison,” Ms Burch said. “Project Independence represents a new model of home ownership. People with disability will be able to acquire equity in the property, and live as independently as possible.

“The ACT Government committed more than $3 million to the project to ensure greater choice of housing and flexible support for people with disability, and we are very proud to support the project.”

The development at the Harrison site will have capacity for ten residents, with additional space for a live-in house coordinator and separate guest facilities. Additional social housing will be built onsite.

“The introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme on 1 July 2014 has meant people with disability have greater choice and control over the supports they need to achieve their goals and participate in social and economic life.

“Project Independence provides an important opportunity for people with disability, particularly people with low support needs, to build their economic independence.

“I’d like to thank Mr Glenn Keys, Director of the Project Independence Board for helping me turn the sod today, and all those involved with the project.

“It is a positive example of business, government and community organisations working together and pooling their knowledge and resources to turn a vision into reality.”

The first stage at Harrison is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.

Photo thanks to Community Service Directorate – ACT Government

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