Since it was founded in 2006, the Summer Foundation has been invested in great housing outcomes for people with disability. Quality housing for people who have high and complex support needs is one of the key ways to solve the issue of young people living in aged care.
Over the years, the Summer Foundation has been working in a variety of ways to improve housing outcomes for people with disability and since the establishment of the NDIS, has been a key player in educating the sector in relation to Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA). This has included establishing the Housing Hub website and an associated tenancy matching service in 2017.
The Summer Foundation has been invested in quality housing outcomes for people with disability since the organisation was founded in 2006. Quality housing for people with disability, and those with high and complex needs is one of the key ways to solve the issue of young people living in aged care.
Over the years, the Summer Foundation has been involved in a variety of strategies that aim to improve quality housing outcomes for people with disability and since the establishment of the NDIS, has been a key player in understanding and educating the sector in relation to Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA). This has included establishing the Housing Hub Social Enterprise in 2018.
We now want to offer our expertise to people with disability through the provision of service delivery.
Our key areas of support coordination focus are in relation to quality housing outcomes. This means, we can support you to develop your SDA evidence to submit to the NDIA so that your SDA outcome aligns with your eligibility and preferences.
We can also deliver support coordination to support you with your housing journey, that is, the exploration and design that leads to the right housing option for you, including ILO arrangements.
We have partnered with OnSide to deliver our support coordination services as a pilot.
We can support you to submit SDA and ILO requests to the NDIS. We can also support you to explore your housing options. If you think you may be eligible for SDA, you are looking for an ILO arrangement or you are at the beginning of your housing journey and want to explore what might suit you, we can support you.
We can also help if you think the SDA outcome you have is not quite right. If you are going to appeal your SDA decision, we can review your evidence and guide you through the process.
Please note that we do not offer long term or ongoing support coordination.
We can also offer support to therapists who may need support in the development of their SDA assessments and/or support in the submission of the overall ‘package’ of information that is intended as evidence of SDA for the NDIA.
Please speak to us in relation to the fee for this service.
We put participant preference first. We put participants first. We know that quality housing outcomes are achieved when participants' needs and preferences are front and centre to their housing journey.
We will work closely with you, and your supporters.
We are the experts. The Summer Foundation has been invested in quality housing for people with disability since it was founded. With the introduction of the NDIS, our team has worked to become subject matter experts. We have led many initiatives to educate the wider sector in relation to SDA, ILO and good housing for people with disability. Some of these include our SDA Supply Reports and other research, our tenancy matching service, Upskill, our housing brokerage service, collaborative discharge approach and our housing outcomes work.
Now we are offering fee-for-service support coordination to participants, whilst ensuring our other initiatives continue to build the capacity of the sector.
Our team has been at the forefront of SDA and ILO from the beginning and has expert knowledge of the legislation underpinning the funding.
We understand SDA eligibility and can help quickly identify if participants should pursue SDA funding or if you should look at alternative arrangements and most importantly, we know how to deliver quality reports that evidence eligibility so you get the right funding outcome.
Quality. We deliver on quality. Our experience means we understand what quality reports look like and involve. This means we can get the right information in your SDA or ILO submission and that we can do this in a timely manner.
Housing Hub Services Manager
Melody Carbarns is the Housing Hub Services Manager at the Summer Foundation. Her focus is on supporting project coordinators to connect with people with disability who are seeking specialist disability accommodation (SDA). Melody works on the establishment and implementation of projects that see people with disability connecting with SDA providers, ultimately finding sustainable housing solutions. Melody started with the Summer Foundation in 2016 and has more than 19 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.
Housing Options Facilitator
Jesse is one of our SDA experts and supports the team in answering the SDA Advice Line. Jesse has a background in Psychology and comes to the Housing Hub from the ABA program supporting children with Autism. He also holder a Batchelor of Physchological Science (Honors) from La Trobe University. In his role as a Housing Options Facilitator on the Housing Hub Team, he is your first point of contact on the SDA advice line. He can help out with information about SDA, put you in touch with existing Support Coordination services in your area or add you to the waitlist for when we kick off.
Our support coordination services will commence in late January 2022. If you’d like to enquire about services or join a waitlist before then, please call 1300 61 64 63