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Community housing providers and disability housing: An exploration of specialist disability accommodation


March 2022

Community housing providers and disability housing: An exploration of specialist disability accommodation


Description:

Housing for people with disability is provided across different sectors, with community housing providers (CHPs), government, community organisations and now Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) providers playing a role.

 

Around 40% of households in social housing accommodate one or more people with disability, so the CHPs who manage social and affordable housing play a key role in providing housing to people with disability. While CHPs are participating in the SDA market, the SDA Supply in Australia report found that only 11.3% of new SDA is being developed by CHPs.

 

Until now, research exploring the role of CHPs in providing accessible housing to people with disability has been lacking, and there has been a lack of understanding as to why CHPs appear to be relatively absent in the SDA market.

 

So in January and February 2022, the Summer Foundation and the Housing Hub surveyed CHPs, asking providers to provide information on a range of issues, including:

  • Confidence in the SDA market 
  • Challenges related to finding tenants and filing vacancies 
  • Impact of changes to the National Construction Code


Citation:

Aimers, N., Rathbone, A., Winkler, D., Wellecke, C., & Mulherin, P. (2022). CHPs and disability housing: An exploration of SDA. Housing Hub and Summer Foundation.


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