When someone with complex support needs is ready to leave hospital, a lack of suitable housing often results in them having to stay for longer periods of time in hospital or rehabilitation or they are forced to move to aged care. While this option may be seen as a temporary solution, often people remain there for many months, or end up staying permanently.
Our Rapid Housing Prototype Project seeks to address the gap between leaving hospital or rehabilitation and finding appropriate permanent housing. There is a lack of interim solutions and our aim is to resolve this with a temporary modular housing option.
The Summer Foundation is working towards a prototype being built and publicly displayed to encourage people to think about temporary housing options. Design is well underway and public display of the completed prototype is scheduled for March 2018.
This project has the potential to reduce the guesswork in early planning, maximise a person’s potential for functional improvement, as well as provide opportunities to engage informal supports, thereby reducing long-term support costs.