WA based Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) group Sana Living recently opened its first property in Morley, Perth, the first stage in plans to take the company nationally.
The new home accommodates four participants within a shared living environment with three more shared properties in Perth already completed. The pipeline of upcoming homes includes a three participant version that opens in February along with duplexes, apartments and villas.
The accessible housing group is the biggest in WA by a wide margin and quite possibly nationally, CEO Michael Keenan told F2L. Keenan who was Federal Minister for Justice and Human Services and retired in the 2019 election, said Sana Living is keen to cover the field in disability housing.
“We get a lot of feedback about where and how people want to live and we offer a wide variety of different options to provide as much diversity in accommodation that we can.”
He said SDA is a complicated application process and the NDIS is working to make it more user-friendly. “We try and help people through the process as it can be quite daunting if it is being approached for the first time. Whether they are NDIS participants or not we try to establish their needs and what it is they are after.”
Plans to move interstate have already begun with a new site in Queensland in the heritage listed Boggo Road Gaol precinct that is being redeveloped with retail, offices and apartments. First employees for this Sana Living project come on board in February with a completion date of Q3, 2022.
The potential national footprint also includes Tasmania, South Australia and Victoria.
Caption: CEO Michael Keenan with a resident at the new Morley home.