Over the past year, Haven; Home, Safe continued to improve the range and quality of housing opportunities for people with disability.
This was achieved through the merger with Active Community Housing, the growth of our Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) housing portfolio, completion of the Wattlewood development, and several property upgrades.
We were pleased to increase the number of homes dedicated to people with disability in our affordable social housing portfolio. We know that people with disability are more likely to be in the low-income bracket and disproportionately disadvantaged by the lack of affordable and accessible housing.
Chris Glennen, Executive Director ActiveSDA
Our strategy to improve housing options for people with disability includes:
We proudly launched our ActiveSDA service dedicated to the delivery of Specialist Disability Accommodation in June 2020.
Drawing on more than 20 years of experience providing housing to people with disability, our ActiveSDA team is expert in SDA policy and processes, and provides a seamless service to connect people with high support needs to housing and integrated supports which empower them to live more independently.
Our comprehensive SDA services include:
This year, we concentrated on applying our knowledge of SDA, embedding the NDIS quality standards and rights-based approach to service, so that each person accessing SDA is supported by effective tenancy management.
Sheryl Batrouney, General Manager Housing and Partnerships
We were pleased to receive a glowing report from the independent auditor recommending certification as a registered SDA Provider with the NDIS Commission in May 2020.
The report noted evidence of our applied understanding of the NDIS Practice Standards for SDA, quality indicators achieved across all areas, and no non-conformities.
Certification is essential for registration as an SDA Provider. More importantly, though, quality management is a strategic decision for Haven; Home, Safe to help us improve our performance and provide a sound basis for sustainable and high-quality service development for people with disability across all programs into the future.
Janeen Lynch, Executive General Manager Housing People with Disability