Housing the Other 94% of NDIS Recipients

The community housing sector has the opportunity to provide greater housing support for the 94 per cent of National Disability Insurance Scheme recipients not eligible for Specialist Disability Accommodation, a housing conference has heard.

The Community Housing Industry Association Victoria’s (CHIA Vic) 2018 conference held a session examining the potential impact of NDIS recipients on the community housing sector.

With only about 6 per cent of NDIS recipients able to receive SDA housing assistance as part of their package, the session discussed disability housing options for the other 94 per cent.

One of the session presenters was Joseph Connellan, the director of disability housing consulting firm MC Two.

He told Pro Bono News that part of the challenge was introducing the housing sector to what the NDIS is.

“The latest estimates would indicate that in Victoria we might have about 5,000 to 10,000 NDIS recipients who have always been eligible for social housing, but who can now access it because they have [increased] support,” Connellan said.

“And that is a huge number when we usually are looking at hundreds of people.”

Connellan said this represented a significant level of demand coming down the track and that the community housing sector could “absolutely” be doing more to address this.

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