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Housing seeker snapshot

May 2021

Housing Seeker Snapshot

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A new version of the Housing Hub website was launched in August 2020. On this new version of the Housing Hub, people with disability who are looking for a home – housing seekers – can provide data about their housing needs and preferences and the website can then identify properties listed that are a close match.

 

In this data snapshot, the Housing Hub is releasing data from housing seekers in a summarised way to inform the market. By doing this, the Housing Hub is working to ensure that the wants and needs of housing seekers are driving the market.

 

The Housing Hub intends to release this information every 6 months.


Citation:

Rathbone, A., Aimers, N., Winkler, D. (2021). Housing Hub and Summer Foundation.


Study 2

March 2021

Study 2 – Accessible design, hospital discharge and ageing in place: A national survey of occupational therapists

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This report is the second of two studies investigating accessible housing conducted through the Summer Foundation–La Trobe University research program, to inform decision-makers on incorporating minimum mandatory accessibility standards in the 2022 National Construction Code (NCC).
 
This study points to the inefficiencies of retrospectively modifying homes, rather than incorporating minimum accessibility features as standard in new homes.
 
Download the Preliminary Findings summary for this report.


Citation:

D’Cruz, K., Winkler, D., Douglas, J., Wellecke, C., Goodwin, I., Davis, E. (2021).


Study 1

March 2021

Study 1 – Incorporating minimum accessibility standards in new housing: A survey of access consultants and-architects

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This report is the first of two studies investigating accessible housing conducted through the Summer Foundation–La Trobe University research program. These reports provide an evidence base to inform decision-makers on incorporating minimum mandatory accessibility standards in the 2022 National Construction Code (NCC).
 
This study seeks the expert opinions of access consultants and architects on how expensive and complicated it would be for builders to incorporate specific accessible features into all new homes. It surveyed 24 access consultants and architects with expert knowledge of the Livable Housing Australia Design Guidelines.
 
Download the Preliminary Findings summary for this report.


Citation:

Winkler, D., Harvey, C., Davis, E., Goodwin, I., Wellecke, C., Douglas, J.,Mulherin, P. (2021)


February 2021

Audit of accessible features in new build houses plans

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This study audited 20 of the most popular house designs from Australia’s most active volume home builders. It found that many features of the Silver, Gold and Platinum levels of Livable Housing Australia’s (LHA) Livable Housing Design Guidelines are already incorporated into new dwellings produced by these builders.

Version 1.1 Updated February 2021.


Citation:

Winkler, D., Martel, A., Chen, Y., & Greaves, T. (2021)


February 2020

Linda offers her advice on looking for SDA

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Linda explains clearly the steps involved when looking for SDA.
She highlights the impact on her son, Trevor and herself since
he moved into an SDA apartment.


December 2019

Lisa is moving out of aged care

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Lisa has lived in a nursing home for about 6 years. Her main goal was to get of the nursing home. Lisa shares how it feels to be preparing to move into an SDA apartment.


November 2019

Shanais living independently in an SDA Apartment

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Shanais describes how life changing it is to be living independently in an accessible apartment in Melbourne.


October 2019

Ben’s journey to independence

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Cheryl and Gary describe their son, Ben’s journey to independence.


August 2019

NDIS housing pathway

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On this resource we detail one pathway to mainstream housing. If you have searched for mainstream housing and discovered you can’t access it because of your disability, you can test your eligibility for SDA on the second page.


June 2019

Carol & Kevin support their daughter through her SDA journey

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Kirby had to move home to live with her parents after her injury. It was always Kirby’s dream to return to independent living. Carol and Kevin share their journey of supporting Kirby through the SDA process.


December 2018

Support coordination: Exploring housing options

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Linda Rossow, Independent Support Coordinator, talks about the process she works through with participants who want to find somewhere different to live.


November 2017

A digital story by Cheryl & Gary Parkinson

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The motive to look for alternative accommodation for their son was two-fold: For Ben, it was about his independence; for Gary and Cheryl, it was about who would look after Ben in the future.


November 2017

A digital story by James Nutt

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Choice and control: Living in his new supported accommodation is enabling James to increase his independence.


November 2017

Amy’s story

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Amy describes moving into her new supported accommodation as the biggest life-changing event since the onset of her disability.


November 2017

Tania’s story

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Tania and her family excitedly moved into their new home and began the journey of rebuilding their family roles.


September 2016

Summer Foundation hunter pre-move reflections

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Summer Foundation Tenants discuss the anticipation of moving into their new homes.


April 2016

Greg Brown’s story

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Greg is a typical Aussie bloke who has experienced a lot of life and has a quirky sense of humour to match. After being attacked by a gang on a train, Greg has been slowly gaining his freedom back thanks to extensive therapy and suitable housing.