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$3m Funding boost for accommodation options in Sutherland Shire

26 October 2012

Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance, today announced $3 million in capital funding to the St George Community Housing for the innovative Sutherland Shire Disability Accommodation Action Group (SSDAAG) pilot project.

The Minister was joined by Sutherland Shire MPs Graham Annesley, Melanie Gibbons, Lee Evans and Mark Speakman for the announcement.

"This project is an excellent example of how families, non-government organisations and government can all work together to get the best outcomes for people with disability," Mr Constance said.

"This capital funding grant will go towards providing accommodation options for people with disability in the Sutherland Shire."

Since June 2011, the NSW Government has been working with representatives from SSDAAG and non-government providers in the Sutherland Shire to trial person-centred approaches to planning and budgeting for 18 identified families. Under the project, individualised packages can be pooled to establish a sustainable accommodation setting of families' choosing.

"With the NSW Government's commitment to client directed supports and individualised funding arrangements, as well as our commitment towards the National Disability Insurance Scheme launch in the Hunter next year, this project is breaking valuable new ground in evaluating the success of pooling packages to produce a great accommodation outcome for clients," Mr Constance said.

Appropriate accommodation models will continue to be discussed between families, non-government providers and Ageing, Disability and Home Care to meet the group's need.

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