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PROFILE – HELEN BURT

In 2020, Summer Housing, a sister organisation of the Summer Foundation, supported 56 young people with disability to move into their own specialist disability accommodation (SDA). One of those people was Helen, a 63-year-old woman who had previously been living in residential aged care for over 7 years. Helen was also a panellist at our 2019 Annual Public Forum.

Helen loves to be out and about. She catches up with her friends regularly and visits numerous cafes, markets and shops as part of her weekly routine. When Helen discovered the possibility of moving into her own SDA, she was of course hopeful of finding a housing option that would allow her to find somewhere that felt like a real home.

In December of 2019, Helen was approved for SDA and her excited wait began for her new SDA apartment. Helen speaks very fondly of the Housing Matching team at the Summer Foundation and various members at Summer Housing, who supported her. “They helped me through the whole process. Just everything, all the applications, they kept me really confident and helped me understand what to expect. It’s hard to put it into words.”

Helen moved into her SDA apartment in September. She recalls the added pressures during her move due to stage 4 lockdown in Melbourne. Her long awaited moving day was a coordinated effort, with help from her family and friends. 

Helen says she is the happiest she has been in years and is excited to make up for lost time as she lives the life that she wants to lead.

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