Busselton homes offer greater independence

14 Jul 2016

Independence at home is now a reality for a group of Busselton residents with disability thanks to a housing project developed in collaboration between the Disability Services Commission, Access Housing and the Housing Authority.

A partnership between the Commission, Access Housing and the Housing Authority was formed in 2015 to design and construct five homes to support six South West locals to live independently in their home town. Access Housing funded the development of two 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom units, which were completed in May this year, while the Commission provided the Housing Authority with $1.6 million for land purchase, design and construction of two 2–bedroom, 2–bathroom units and one 3–bedroom, 2–bathroom house.

Access Housing General Manager – Property Assets Su Groome said the completion of this project was the beginning of a wonderful new phase in the lives of the residents moving into their own homes for the first time.

“This project has provided fantastic social outcomes as it allows local residents to live independently within their home town and adds to the supply of not only affordable housing in the region but also specialist disability accommodation,” Ms Groome said.

“Access Housing is proud to have partnered with the Disability Services Commission on this exciting project and we hope the residents enjoy living in their new homes.”

Accessibility features of the homes include wide entry areas, halls and doorways, hobless showers in the bathroom and open-plan living areas.

Access Housing’s units are located in a central location within the township, ensuring residents remain close to all required amenities and support services.

Access Housing currently has eight projects under construction in the Perth metropolitan area and South West region that will deliver a further 27 accessible units, boosting the number of disability housing options in WA.

To learn more about Access Housing’s developments that are currently under construction, please click here.