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Ed.Square: 10 homes for young people with disabilities

Frasers Property Australia and disability housing provider Summer Housing have signed an agreement to deliver 10 new homes for young people living with disabilities at Ed.Square.

Summer Housing is a not-for-profit housing provider within the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Its vision is to see all people with disabilities and complex care needs living in high quality housing that enables them to live as independently as possible.

Under the agreement, Summer Housing will take ownership of 11 apartments to house 10 young people with disabilities with an additional apartment to be used for on-site support workers.

Prior to completion, the apartments will be specifically fitted-out to meet high physical support design requirements under the NDIS, the top benchmark for residential disability housing. 

Round-the-clock support workers will be available to meet the complex care needs of selected residents with disabilities.

On-call support workers will enable these residents to lead independent lives and not in aged care.

An artist’s impression of Ed.Square town centre.

Warwick Dowler, development director at Frasers Property Australia says the new residents will enjoy a high quality and convenient lifestyle at the popular new community.

“We are delighted to be able to play a role in helping to provide high quality housing for these young people,” Mr Dowler said.

“Everything at Ed.Square will be within minutes. The town centre will provide a shopping, dining and entertainment precinct incorporating an Eat Street, fresh food marketplace and Coles supermarket, state of the art Event Cinema, childcare centre, water play area, tavern and healthcare facilities. 

“You don’t have to have a car at Ed.Square as you are already connected to a thriving community and the Edmondson Park train station is on your doorstep.

“This connectivity is an important part of the criteria for Summer Housing regarding optimum housing for people with disability,” he says.

Within the NDIS’s $22 billion budget, around $700 million is earmarked for building housing for people with disabilities.

The policy is designed to provide funding to build housing for an additional 12,000 people with significant disabilities in Australia.

Young people living in residential aged care are a high priority group to access these additional housing places.

Dan McLennan, chief executive officer of Summer Housing, says the new homes at Ed.Square will be a welcome addition to meet the rising housing needs of people with disabilities.

“Summer Housing’s delivery model is a contemporary one that brings accessible and affordable housing and support together with smart home technology to give individuals greater choice and control over how they live,’’ he said.

“The right housing and support in the right location can increase a person’s quality of life and independence, while reducing lifetime care costs. 

“We look to partner with governments, private developers, community housing providers and other stakeholders to increase the range and scale of diverse housing options available for people with disabilities. “We are really pleased that Frasers Property Australia is on board with our objective to provide quality and accessible housing for the whole community, inclusive of people with disabilities. 

“It will be exciting and rewarding to see 10 new residents move into their new homes at Ed.Square in the second half of 2020,” Mr McLennan said.

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