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.

Background

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. More information can be seen here.


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

Acknowledgements

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 facilitates people with disability choosing where and how they live.
  • We build confidence of the housing sector through collaboration, capacity building and tenancy solutions.
  • Our work is aligned to Summer Foundation’s evidence base and approach.
  • Our team has courage, fails fast and approaches problems with curiosity to achieve our vision.

Housing Hub Team

Alecia Rathbone

General Manager

Alecia is currently the General Manager of The Housing Hub Social Enterprise. 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 committees for Philanthropy Australia and Parkinson’s Victoria. Alecia is a Fellow of CPA Australia and chairs their Public Sector and Not for Profit Committee in Victoria. Alecia previously held leadership and governance roles with the Foundation for Young Australians, Girl Guides Victoria and YWCA Victoria.

Jo Mear

Business Manager

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

National Manager – Tenancy Matching

Melody has over 19 years' experience in the disability support sector having worked as a support worker, residential aged care worker, service manager, care coordinator and team leader. Melody has worked for organisations including Yooralla, the Endeavour Foundation, Suncare Community Services and Villa Maria Catholic Homes. Melody holds a Diploma of Community Welfare work and is currently completing a Bachelor of Business and Arts


Meet more of the Housing Hub Team

Meet the Housing Hub Advisory Board