Eight more people with disabilities now have their own independent community accommodation, thanks to an innovative Government-funded project.
Disability Services Minister Eric Ripper today handed over the keys and gave a special commendation to Homeswest in a ceremony to open officially two purpose-built houses in Ashfield.
Mr Ripper said the $300,000 Colstoun Road project stemmed from close co-operation and consultation between the Authority for Intellectually Handicapped Persons (AIH), Homeswest and the parents of the residents.
"This is a joint venture between Homeswest and the parents of the residents, and is a prime example of what can be achieved by close community co-operation," Mr Ripper said.
"This co-operation is the way forward in the disabilities accommodation area and is in keeping with the fundamental philosophy of the State Government's $180 million Social Advantage package of nearly 80 initiatives to help families, children and the community."
The Minister said there was a need for more community accommodation for people with disabilities, particularly those being cared for by elderly and frail parents.
"A detailed review of the existing accommodation options is now being carried out and is due to be completed by the end of the year," he said.
"This will provide an action plan for when the State Government assumes full responsibility for accommodation services after the Commonwealth/State Disability agreement is finalised."
Mr Ripper also presented Homeswest with a certificate of commendation for efforts in providing housing programs sensitive to the needs of people with disabilities.
In the last State budget, Homeswest allocated $3 million to build 46 properties especially to accommodate people with disabilities. This meant a total of 231 Homeswest properties had been specifically designed or modified for people with disabilities.
Homeswest's community residential tenancy program also provided rental assistance to people with special needs.
"Homeswest has been very supportive of people with disabilities in Western Australia and particularly in this innovative joint venture which acknowledges their right to support so they can live as independently as possible in the general community," Mr Ripper said.