Ageing, Disability & Home Care

Construction begins on new housing project for young people living in aged care

29 August 2012



Minister for Disability Services Andrew Constance today marked the construction of a new housing project in Sydney's North for younger people with disability who are currently residing in aged care facilities.

The NSW Government has contributed $969,000 towards the project, which will include 4 x 2 bedroom and 2 x 1 bedroom villas in North Ryde, with construction due to be completed by July 2013.

The funding has been made available under the Younger People in Residential Aged Care program, which is designed to divert younger people with disability from entering residential aged care, assist them to move into more appropriate accommodation and ensure those that remain in nursing homes receive suitable support.

The villas will be operated and staffed by community service provider, New Horizons.

"The NSW Government is committed to investing in supported accommodation for people with disability, allowing them to prosper in an environment catered to their individual needs," Mr Constance said.

"New Horizons have a proud history in supporting people with disability, and this development is a beacon of hope for the 10 future residents."

The project is a joint venture between Ageing Disability and Home Care (ADHC) and New Horizons which provides a range of services to people with a disability including employment and accommodation support.

"We are delighted to deliver more appropriate housing for younger people," said Judi Higgin, Chief Executive Officer, New Horizons.

"This project demonstrates that when governments, organisations like New Horizons, family and carers all work together, we can achieve great things."

To find out more about New Horizons visit www.newhorizons.net.au.

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