Affordable disability housing for vulnerable Tasmanians

SYSTEMBUILD Construction in Cambridge is the site of a new affordable housing initiative for vulnerable Tasmanians.

Developed by the Supported Affordable Accommodation Trust (SAA Trust), the Tasmanian initiative addresses the fundamental issue facing families of people who require support.

Launched in July, the initiative has now seen the completion of the first module of uniquely designed accommodation for people with a disability who need support to live independently.

The first group of three two-bedroom modules will be located in Glenorchy and have been leased by Mosaic Support Services.

Further projects utilising the same design model are in planning for other disability service providers in the north of the state.

The design of the bedroom modules allows a space for support workers and residents to interact through a shared living space.

SAA Trust member Bob Gordon, who founded the initiative, said the initiative did more than “simply ease the distressing lack of appropriate supported accommodation for people requiring such assistance.”

“It also gives hope to ageing parents who can see the day approaching where they can’t support their loved ones,” he said.

“In addition, it helps to ease the pressure on state-owned low-income general housing needs by potentially freeing up state housing stock currently used for disability accommodation.

“Such housing stock is often inappropriate for the needs of people requiring support, while the modular SAA Trust design is purpose built.”

The initiative has also gained nationwide interest, and there have been discussions about implementing a national program.

For more information about the initiative, visit www.saatas.com.au.

Caption: Tasmanian Liberal Senator Eric Abetz, second from right, with Supported Affordable Accommodation Trust members, from left, Roger Curtis, Ralph Doedens and Bob Gordon.