Monday, 6 April 2015

Housing, the NDIS and more

Every Australian Counts campaign on housing  Every Australian Counts is currently encouraging people to speak about housing and the NDIS. There will be a meeting of disability ministers to discuss the matter in April.

The website describes existing housing options as:
  • Independent housing
  • Supported housing
  • Modified accommodation
  • Group home
  • Family home
Visit the Take Action: how do you want to live? page of the Every Australian Counts website to find out more and express your concerns and ideas.

Every Australian Counts, 18th March 2015
Over the last few weeks thousands of our supporters emailed the National Disability Insurance Agency and asked them to release the plan for housing under the NDIS.

The response from the Agency on this vital issue was disappointing, bureaucratic and hard to read. We thought we’d have a go at de-coding it for you because on the question of housing, people with disability and the NDIS, we need it to be crystal-clear ...

National Disability Services response to discussion paper on housing
National Disability Services (NDS) has released a paper, Changing the System, which is their response to the Social Housing in NSW discussion paper, published in November 2014

It recommends that the NSW Government establish a state-wide affordable housing levy to secure the revenue that is desperately required to create new stock.

NDS members also identified that careful and thorough planning between the NSW Government, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and non-government disability service providers is needed in the following areas:
  • crisis services; 
  • vacancy management and allocation; and 
  • implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (New South Wales Enabling) Act 2013. 
The availability of accessible and affordable housing for people with disability will be critical to the success of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The NDIA estimates that there will be 122,000 NDIS participants without access to affordable housing once the NDIS is fully implemented due to a lack of affordable and appropriate housing supply.

In addition to discussion and calls for action in providing affordable housing in the context of the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in Australia, debate about types of affordable/social/supported housing/accommodation continues around the world, with a suggestion for 'modern institutions' drawing fire in the US recently:

Calling it Modern Doesn’t Make It Good – No “Modern Asylum” Will Benefit This Generation of People with Disabilities
The Arc, 6th March 2015
Recently, Dr. Christine Montross made what The Arc believes to be a deeply flawed argument in favor of institutionalization for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), or as she put it, “a modern asylum”. Dr. Montross failed to address a number of key factors in her piece, but what was most disturbing was the complete lack of reference to the desires of individuals with I/DD ...

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