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 is a nation wide platform. Housing Providers from anywhere in Australia can list their properties. Properties may include existing SDA properties, new SDA builds, non-SDA supported accommodation, private rental, and properties for sale. More and more properties are listed on the Housing Hub each week.

Housing providers (including developers of Specialist Disability Accommodation) 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, young 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.

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.

Housing Hub Team

Alecia Rathbone

General Manager

Alecia has over 20 years' experience across a number of sectors including for-purpose, services and manufacturing for organisations from charities to small businesses to ASX listed. Alecia has held roles in the for-purpose sector as CFO, COO and Deputy CEO. Alecia holds a Bachelor of Commerce, is a Fellow of CPA Australia and has a Graduate Certificate of Management of Not For Profit Organisations.

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

Janine Harrison

Senior Digital Product Manager

Janine has over 20 years experience delivering complex and creative digital solutions for leading corporate and Not for Profit organisations including Hewlett Packard, Coles, NAB, BCNA and Mercy Health. Janine has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and postgraduate qualifications in digital communications and project management. She recently completed a Specialist Certificate in Design and Technology for the Ageing Population.


Meet more of the Housing Hub Team