Victoria Minister for Community Services Mary Wooldridge
$35.5 Million Disability Accommodation Boost For Victoria
Victor P Taffa
Sixty-five Victorians with a disability will benefit from the creation of new supported accommodation places, following the announcement of grants totalling $35.5 Million from the Victorian Coalition Government for innovative supported accommodation.
The Minister for Community Services Mary Wooldridge said the money will allow the construction and operation of innovative accommodation options for people with a disability across the State.
“Nine community service providers have been selected to deliver the new supported accommodation places.” Ms. Wooldridge said.
“They will share $22.7 Million over four years towards operating costs and a further $12.8 Million in capital to develop the new accommodation option.”
The 65 new supported accommodation places are in addition to the 53 community-based places secured for Victoria through the Commonwealth’s Supported Accommodation Innovation Fund.
“The Coalition Government is delivering on its election commitment of driving innovation to provide improved outcomes for people with a disability.” Ms. Wooldridge said.
“The choice of projects reflects the insights gained through consultation with the community and aims to create better lives for people with a disability by supporting them to live independently.”
“Innovations include improved support for people with complex needs, the creation of more positive living environments, and specialised support to provide residents with opportunities to develop their independent living skills and enjoy greater community participation.”
“These innovative approaches to supported accommodation are an example of what may become available to more people under a National Disability Insurance Scheme.” Ms. Wooldridge said.