If you have a disability, finding somewhere to live that suits you can be hard. The first step to finding the right place is to have a good think about what you want and need.
You may wish to live with one or more friends, your partner and kids, someone who has the same support needs as you or on your own.
You may want to live close to family. Or, you may wish to live close to where you work or study, near a train station or the shop, or maybe a park or the beach.
You may need a place that allows you to access everything from your wheelchair. You may need a hoist in the bedroom, wide doorways and features that are easy to see.
You may need a place that helps you and others to stay safe or smart home technology that allows you to do more things for yourself.
You may need someone to support you only at certain times of the day or all of the time.
Once you know the answers to those questions, you can start looking for somewhere to live that suits you.
A great place to start is the Housing Hub. The Housing Hub is a website that shows accessible properties that are available to rent or buy. You can create a profile on the Housing Hub with the answers to these questions. It will then show you places to live that suit your needs.
You can also ask your NDIS Support Coordinator or NDIS Planner to support you to look for somewhere to live. If you have very high disability support needs, the Summer Foundation’s Housing Hub team can support you to work out what you want and need in a home.
You can search for SDA near you here on the Housing Hub. Or better still, sign up an create a Housing Seeker profile and let the Housing Hub do the work for you. If a housing provider lists a property that looks like a good match for your profile, the Housing Hub will let you know!
Our Housing Hub team can also help. Click here to learn more about the Housing Hub Team, our work, who to contact and, how we can support you.
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