A lack of accessible housing available at the right time and in the right area can leave people with a newly acquired disability stuck in hospital, rehab or being admitted to aged care. Our Rapid Interim Housing addresses the gap between leaving hospital or rehab and finding appropriate permanent housing.
People with acquired brain injury (ABI) and spinal cord injury (SCI) are often unable to find suitable housing in the community due to their accessibility and support needs. But not returning to the community as soon as possible after an injury impacts a person’s health and wellbeing, their ability to live independently declines quickly, their connections with the community drop away and their mental health often suffers.
Working with Oscar Building and Stretchy Tech, the Summer Foundation prototyped and displayed an interim housing unit that can be rapidly located to provide housing for someone who is waiting for accessible housing to become available or for home modifications to be completed.
The prototype looks just like any other small house – it has a living area, bedroom and ensuite, kitchenette and laundry. Assistive technology increases the occupant’s independence, safety and security. More than 800 people visited the prototype when it was displayed in Melbourne and Geelong in July and August.
With philanthropic support and funding from the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), this project is aiming to have a long-lasting impact on the way people with disability are discharged from hospital and into the community.
The Summer Foundation set out to demonstrate a concept and the next steps now include working with providers who have the capital and expertise to scale this up.