About Us

What is the Housing Hub?

The Housing Hub is a way for people with disability to find suitable housing. Advertising properties from a range of housing providers, the Housing Hub also hosts a library of useful information about housing options and planning your move.

The Housing Hub covers all of Australia. Properties listed by housing providers may include existing Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA), new SDA builds, non-SDA supported accommodation, private rental and properties for sale. Many new properties are listed on the Housing Hub every week.

If you are looking for a home that is right for you, a family member or someone you are supporting, you can search through the listings or let the Housing Hub do the work for you by creating a housing seeker profile.

Housing providers (including developers of SDA) can advertise their properties for free by signing up to the Housing Hub.


The Housing Hub was created by the Summer Foundation as a pilot project in 2017 with funding from the Department of Social Services (DSS) Sector Development Fund. In its first year, the Housing Hub expanded from a few small regions to include housing located in many states across Australia.

As well as connecting housing seekers with suitable housing, the Housing Hub plays an essential role in capturing the sorts of housing people are seeking, so that information about housing demand can be provided to government and developers, leading to more accessible housing builds.

We would like to hear from you! Tell us about your experiences in searching for housing, and what you think of the Housing Hub by contacting us.

Summer Foundation

The Summer Foundation began in 2006 with the goal of solving the issue of people aged under 65 having to live in aged care. Like everyone else, people with disability have the right to choose where they live and who they live with, and to be properly supported to make these choices.

The Housing Hub is an initiative of the Summer Foundation.

The Summer Foundation created a not-for-profit social enterprise called Summer Housing in 2017. This is a separate company to Summer Foundation and the Housing Hub.

For more information on Summer Foundation's role in the SDA market, click here.


The Housing Hub acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the traditional owners of this country and pays respect to their cultures and elders past, present and future.

The Housing Hub also wishes to thank the contribution of our parent organisation the Summer Foundation Pty Ltd and state and territory governments across Australia. Very importantly, we would also like to thank the community we serve, including housing seekers, their support teams and housing providers, for their loyalty and support.

Our Principles

We established principles to guide our work, behaviour and decisions when we created the Housing Hub Team. Our principles are:

  • People with disability are at the centre of everything we do.
  • We seek social change by leading in our sector to build sustainable and innovative products that facilitate people with disability choosing where, how, and who to live with.
  • We build the confidence of the housing sector through collaboration, capacity building and tenancy solutions.
  • Our work is aligned to our evidence base and approach.
  • Our team has courage, fails fast and approaches problems with curiosity to achieve our vision.

Housing Hub Team

Alecia Rathbone

Chief Social Enterprise Officer

Alecia is the Chief Social Enterprise Officer for the Housing Hub. Alecia joined Summer Foundation in 2018 to lead the creation of the Housing Hub Social Enterprise. Alecia is responsible for the development of the enterprise's strategy, business plans and supports the team to deliver excellent products and services across the accessible housing sector. Alecia contributes to the Housing Hub's research program, authoring reports and presenting our insights to the sector. Alecia serves on the NDIA's SDA Reference Group, where she brings insights from across our work with housing seekers, providers and supporters to discussions. Alecia is currently a non-executive director of inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence and cohealth, and an independent member of the finance and investment committee for Parkinson’s Victoria. Alecia is a Fellow of CPA Australia. Alecia previously held leadership and governance roles with the Foundation for Young Australians, Girl Guides Victoria and YWCA Victoria.

Jo Mear

Business Manager

Jo is the Housing Hub's Business Manager. Jo joined the team in 2018 and has led the development of our business systems. Jo leads the Business Services team to ensure that the Housing Hub has excellent systems to facilitate a quality customer expereince. Jo has extensive business experience across a number of industries including real estate, social enterprise and recruitment. Jo has worked in the areas of real estate, project management, business planning, continuous improvement, workforce planning and organisational structure and design. Jo holds an MBA from the University of New England and has completed Certificate IV in Real Estate Operations.

Melody Carbarns

Housing Hub Services Manager

Melody Carbarns is the Housing Hub Services Manager. Melody oversees Home and Living Services as well Provider Services. Melody also has a key role alongside the Engagement team to work towards people with disability and SDA providers connecting with each other, ultimately finding sustainable housing solutions. Melody started with the Summer Foundation in 2016 and has more than 20 years’ experience in the disability support sector. Throughout her career she has worked as a support worker, residential aged care worker, service manager, care coordinator and team leader. Melody is also studying a Bachelor of Business at Central Queensland University.

Meet more of the Housing Hub Team

Meet the Housing Hub Advisory Board