Leading provider of disability housing and Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA), Compass Housing, hosted a Specialist Disability Accommodation Partnering Breakfast in Newcastle on February 19.
It was the latest in a series of quarterly breakfasts Compass hosts in the NSW Hunter region. The breakfasts are designed to provide an opportunity for Supported Independent Living (SIL) providers, support coordinators, occupational therapists, and allied health professionals to come together to network and learn from experts on the best ways to provide specialist disability accommodation and housing options support to meet the needs of people with disabilities, their families and persons responsible.
Guest speaker, Sally Coddington, from Disability Services Consulting, talked about how people with disabilities want the same things as people without disabilities.
She said contemporary housing and support for people with disabilities must include three elements.
1. Enhance the person’s choice and control including enabling the participant to choose where they live, who they live with and who provides support
2. Separate housing and support
3. Targeted strategies that
- build and use informal support
- reduce the need for 24/7 paid support
- increase relationships to enhance safeguards.
Compass Housing is one of the largest SDA providers in Australia managing more than 114 existing group homes in Sydney, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Hunter Valley, Central Cost, Illawarra/Shoalhaven, New England, Southern NSW, Wagga and Dubbo.
It also manages five respite homes in the NSW Central West and Sydney.
In a recent transfer Compass, as the Specialist Disability Accommodation Provider (SDA), formed partnerships with various leading Supported Independent Living (SIL) providers to deliver high-quality specialist disability accommodation and maintenance services to 540 residents.
Compass is a partner in Home4Life which was selected by the NSW Government to manage properties in the Hunter Residences project. Home4Life has purpose built 65 High Physical Support SDA houses to enable 325 residents to move out of institutions into homes in communities.
When current programs are finalised, Compass will manage around 1070 Specialist Disability Accommodation places across Australia.
Compass is registered under the National Community Housing Regulatory System (NCHRS) as a Tier 1 Provider and holds a full certificate accreditation. It is also a nationally registered Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Provider with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
It also offers Fee for Service SDA property and tenancy management services for Summer Housing in NSW and QLD and will soon provide similar services for investLogan in Queensland.
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