Specialist disability accommodation is changing, not only in terms of developer and investor interest, but how the sector operates in Australia.
In this TUD Plus Briefing, taken from The Urban Developer’s Disability Housing vSummit, chief executive of Accessible Homes Australia Perry Cross explains what’s changed and some of the aspects developers need to understand to succeed in the sector.
Cross, a C2 ventilated quadriplegic, SDA participant and NDIS SDA reference group member, said that when he became a participant and provider about two years ago, it had been a more streamlined process.
“Now, we’re experiencing some outcomes for people that haven’t been anticipated,” he said.
“From a participant’s point of view, people were getting shared housing outcomes instead of independent living outcomes, for example, and that was one of the major hurdles we’ve faced in the last maybe six months.
“For someone like myself, who has a high-level spinal injury living on my own, my preference is not to share a house with other people with disabilities.
“That would go for other people out there, everyday people on the street. You don’t necessarily want to share with people just because you have something in common, like a disability.
“We’re moving away from the old group model into this new world of SDA which is a national infrastructure that we’re developing so we have independent outcomes for people, we have shared outcomes for people, we have a multitude of different housing styles and opportunities for people.
“Developers need to really understand the different criteria, the different models and then understand how they work on the ground for people like myself.”