The Get Building SDA initiative aims to provide information, connections and resources to get Australia building quality housing for people with disability.
This initiative is for people looking to build, invest in or live in Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA).
Starting in regional NSW, Get Building SDA aims to get 75 new SDA builds underway by 2020, and to connect SDA providers and NDIS participants.
SDA is housing that has been specially designed to suit the needs of people who have an ‘extreme functional impairment’ or ‘very high support needs’. The opportunities for families, housing developers and investors are huge, but SDA represents a leap into the unknown for many people.
Currently only a fraction of the SDA that is needed has been built. In NSW, fewer than 600 SDA places are underway, which represents less than 15% of the approximately 4,000 SDA places needed.
This, in turn, prevents Supported Independent Living (SIL) providers delivering support in these dwellings. An extra 8,000 full-time employees are needed in NSW to deliver support in these SDA properties. The employment opportunities unlocked by new SDA builds is enormous. Get Building SDA is for people with disability, families and carers interested in building SDA, investors, established SDA providers and SIL providers.
We are holding 14 information sessions across regional NSW to give people the information and tools they need to Get Building SDA. Intensive mentoring will be offered and enduring SDA resources are being created to support people on their SDA journey.
Five showcase events will also allow SDA providers with planned developments to connect with NDIS participants who are likely to be eligible for SDA, their families, carers and support providers.
For more information on information sessions, SDA funding, financing and managing an SDA build, and other great resources go to GetBuildingSDA.org.au
The Summer Foundation and Disability Services Consulting are delivering Get Building SDA with funding support from the NSW Department of Industry, under the Smart, Skilled and Hired: Disability Sector Scale Up program.