On Monday 22 March we turned the first sod and started the build for our new specialist disability accommodation (SDA) units in North Bendigo.
After years of planning and work from many wonderful people to make this happen, Bendigo will have two new specialist housing options for people with a disability by 2022.
What is SDA?
SDA stands for specialist disability accommodation.
SDA houses are built with extra physical supports for people with extreme functional impairment or very high support needs.
SDA gives people with disabilities the ability to live independently.
What supports will our SDA units have?
One unit will be Improved Livability. This unit will include:
- Step-free entrances and paths
- Automatic of doors and windows
- Extra space for mobility
- Fully accessible bathroom facilities
The second unit will be High Physical Support. This unit will include:
- Wheelchair accessible spaces
- Fully automated front entry door
- Height adjustable kitchen bench and cupboards
Why are these units so important for Bendigo?
Bendigo has a chronic shortage of SDA housing.
Before the NDIS, over 100 people in the region were identified as having an urgent need for SDA. Many of these people are living with an ageing carer, meaning that soon they may not be able to care for them.
By building these SDA units Amicus is ensuring that the people who live there will be able to live independently and remain in the community.
Register your interest
Those interested in applying to live in the specialist disability accommodation can contact:
Melissa Zera, our Pathways Capacity and Engagement Manager, on 5441 2666.
If you would like to read more, read the article in the Bendigo Advertiser below.