Seventy eight new group homes will be built in the Hunter region at locations chosen by people with disability and their families to replace large residential centres.
Today Minister for Disability Services Ray Williams announced the purpose-built accommodation will be constructed by Home4Life.
“More than 390 people currently living in Kanangra, Stockton and Tomaree residential centres will benefit from the new group homes which will allow residents to be more engaged in the community,” Mr Williams said.
“I am confident Home4Life will deliver high quality homes that meet the needs of hundreds of people with disability and their families.”
Home4Life are a new disability housing organisation and joint venture between two not-for-profit housing providers; Newcastle based Compass Housing, and BlueCHP.
Compass Housing Group Managing Director Greg Budworth congratulated the NSW Government for adopting the more supportive housing model.
“We believe people have a right to live in a community, rather than an institution, and to participate fully in that community,” he said.
BlueCHP Chief Executive Officer Charles Northcote said Home4Life was committed to making sure tenants and their families were included in the design process.
“Our philosophy is to only develop or invest in projects we would be happy to live in ourselves so all dwellings built by Home4Life will be designed by expert architects Kennedy and Associates and will be in accordance with the standards for disability housing set by the NSW Government and the NDIS.”