Minister celebrates boost to disability accommodation in Newcastle
26 October 2011
Minister for Ageing and Disability Services Andrew Constance has today celebrated the opening of extensions to a Licensed Residential Centre in Mayfield which will boost accommodation options for the most vulnerable in the community.
“The availability of more affordable accommodation for people with a disability is a huge boost to the area,” Mr Constance said.
“Accommodation capacity at the Mayfield facility has been doubled from four to eight beds as a result of the extensions to cater for people with low support needs.”
Mr Constance said that the Government was working hard to improve outcomes for people with a disability who live in licensed boarding houses.
“The NSW Government is spending $4.5 million this financial year to ensure the well-being and quality of life of people with high support needs who live in licensed boarding houses throughout the State.”
“This includes providing support services such as case management, advocacy, primary and secondary health care and leisure and recreational services.”
“Residents of licensed boarding houses are also eligible for personal care services and community transport services funded under the Home and Community Care Program.”
Mr Constance said the O’Farrell Government was committed to expanding and improving accommodation places and options for people with a disability.
“Through Stronger Together Two, the Government is providing accommodation choices for people with a disability which is consistent with the needs of individuals and maximises independence.”
“A person-centred approach is a key feature of our disability reforms and it includes ensuring real housing choice for people with a disability.”
“As part of Stronger Together Two – the Government will be investing $720 million during the next five years to create a further 1750 accommodation places for people with a disability.”