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Rapid Interim Housing prototype on show in Geelong

Source: Geelong Advertiser | Reporter: Tamara McDonald

The Rapid Interim Housing prototype, developed by the Summer Foundation, is a relocatable modular housing unit, designed to be highly accessible to cater for people with disability.

Its features include wide doorways and generous circulation space to suit motorised wheelchairs and state-of-the-art smart home technology — such as voice-activated lights, blinds, airconditioning, intercom, entertainment and appliances.

Many people who acquire a disability — through circumstances including road trauma — struggle with housing due to a lack of accessible homes.

“Meanwhile, people are stuck in hospital or too often forced into inappropriate housing, such as an aged care facility, where they quickly lose their independence and become disconnected from family and friends,” the Summer Foundation’s acting CEO, Carolyn Finis, said.

“The Rapid Interim Housing prototype is intended to give people somewhere to live in the meantime.

“Once the necessary permits and site preparation are complete, it can be relocated quickly — in a single day — providing a great temporary home for people as they rehabilitate and get their long-term home sorted.”

The Rapid Interim Housing prototype is being developed in collaboration with Oscar Building and Stretchy Tech, through funding from the TAC.

The prototype is on display and open for tours at the ­Geelong Town Hall forecourt on Gheringhap St until ­tomorrow.

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