There is some good news on the horizon for around 400 people with disability living in the Hunter region. The NSW Government is seeking expressions of interest from non-government organisations to build and operate disability housing to replace the remaining large residential centres in the area. The proposed new home style accommodation is for 390 people currently living in the large residential centres.
The NSW Government will provide a funding subsidy to successful tenderers for up to three years, as an interim to the proposed NDIS User Cost of Capital which will encourage the construction of new disability housing in the future. The government has allocated $58 million towards the purchase of potential sites following discussions with residents and other stakeholders.
“Through this redevelopment, people with disability will have the opportunity to choose their place of residence, choose the people they live with, be closer to their families and integrate more with the community,” said Minister for Disability Services, John Ajaka. He said the redevelopment fulfils the government’s promise to provide everyone in the Hunter Residences with new homes in the location of their choice.
EOI submissions close on November 17, 2015.