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What is the Housing Hub?

The Housing Hub is a new way for people with disability to find suitable housing. Advertising vacancies from a range of housing providers, The Housing Hub also hosts a library of useful information about housing options and planning your move.

At the moment, the Housing Hub lists vacancies from housing providers in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria. Vacancies may include existing SDA properties, new SDA builds, non-SDA supported accommodation, private rental, and properties for sale. The range of vacancies will continue to grow as the website develops.

Housing providers (including developers of Specialist Disability Accommodation) can advertise their properties for free until the end of February 2019 by filling out the sign-up form.

The project

The Housing Hub was funded by the Department of Social Services (DSS) Sector Development Fund as a pilot project in 2017, and in the first year has expanded from a few small regions to include housing located in many states across Australia. It is essential to try and capture the sort of accommodation people are seeking, so that information about housing demand can be provided to government and private developers,  leading to more accessible housing builds.We would like to hear from you! Tell us about your experiences in searching for housing, and what you think of the Housing Hub by contacting us.

Summer Foundation

The Summer Foundation began in 2006. We are working to solve the issue of people aged under 65 having to live in aged care. Like everyone else, young people with disability should have the right to choose where they live and who they live with. They deserve to be properly supported to make these choices.

We think that the issue of younger people having to live in aged care can be solved within the next 10 years – if everyone works together.

OUR VISION: People with disability and complex support needs live where and with whom they choose, with access to high quality housing and support options that enhance health, wellbeing and participation.

OUR MISSION: To create, lead and demonstrate long-term sustainable systems change that stops young people from being forced to live in Residential Aged Care because there is nowhere else for them.

OUR STRATEGIC PRIORITIES: Four key strategic priorities direct the focus and scope of our work. These priorities are where we can achieve the greatest impact. We wish to see systems change in these ways:

  1. Housing: significantly increase the volume and range of high quality, accessible and affordable housing.
  2. Pathways Home: health, disability and other systems communicating and collaborating to support discharge to community living.
  3. Primary and community health: define the challenges and explore solutions to barrier that limit access to primary and community health services.
  4. NDIS: Those in RAC or at risk of RAC entry have NDIS plans which support and reflect their goals.

The Summer Foundation is a registered Charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. The Housing Hub asks housing providers to pay a fee to list properties on the Housing Hub so that we may cover our costs and continue offering this service to the community.

The Housing Hub team

Alecia Rathbone
General Manager

Alecia has over 20 years experience across a number of sectors including for-purpose, services and manufacturing for organisations from charities to small businesses to ASX listed. Alecia has held roles in the for-purpose sector as CFO, COO and Deputy CEO. Alecia holds a Bachelor of Commerce, is a Fellow of CPA Australia and has a Graduate Certificate of Management of Not For Profit Organisations.

Jo Mear
Business Manager, Housing Matching

Jo has extensive business experience across a number of industries including real estate, social enterprise and recruitment. Jo has worked in the areas of real estate, project management, business planning, continuous improvement, workforce planning and organisational structure and design. Jo holds an MBA from the University of New England and has completed Certificate IV in Real Estate Operations.

Mishele Cavanagh-Downs
Housing Engagement Manager

Mishele has worked in marketing, PR and communications roles for over 25 years in publishing companies, consumer brands and education. Most recently Mishele has worked in the disability sector for Life Without Barriers and Royal Rehab in Sydney working with people with disability to ensure quality care and supports were provided.

Syed Haque
IT Administration & Website Support

Syed has experience in IT customer support roles for organisations including RMIT, Public Transport Victoria and City West Water. Syed is currently studying a Bachelor of Computer Networks and Security at Monash University.

Melody Carbarns
Project Manager – Tenancy Matching

Melody has over 19 years experience in the disability support sector having worked as a support worker, residential aged care worker, service manager, care coordinator and team leader. Melody has worked for organisations including Yooralla, the Endeavour Foundation, Suncare Community Services and Villa Maria Catholic Homes. Melody holds a Diploma of Community Welfare work and is currently completing a Bachelor of Business and Arts

Jean Tiller
Project Manager – Tenancy Matching

Jean has over 17 years experience in the for-purpose sector in the areas of chronic disease prevention, community development, homelessness, disability services and disability employment. Jean holds a Bachelor of Social Welfare, and an MBA

Kelly Aguirre
Tenancy Matching Coordinator

Kelly is an experienced professional, with over 15 years experience in the disability sector including areas of housing and support services, leadership, customer engagement, case management and training. Kelly is a strong advocate for people with disability and a specialist in NDIS and Specialist Disability Accommodation. Kelly holds a Certificate IV in Disability Work and Graduate Certificate in Human Services.

Joanna Stewart
Tenancy Matching Coordinator

Joanna is an experienced social worker in the health sector. Prior to Summer Foundation, Joanna worked as a Social Worker in various departments at Epworth Health for over 9 years. Since joining Summer Foundation, Joanna has held numerous roles in the practice team assisting people to connect to the NDIS. Joanne has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Social Work.

Sophie Moore
Housing Engagement Coordinator

Sophie has worked as a speech pathologist, researcher and project worker over a career spanning more than 20 years and has extensive experience working with people who have a range of disabilities and communication needs. Sophie recently delivered training to staff in the aged care and health sectors relating to current NDIS processes and practices, including SDA. Over the previous 5 years Sophie worked on research projects, exploring outcomes for people with traumatic brain injury living in different models of accommodation. This experience has given Sophie an in depth understanding of the potential benefits of people with disability living in appropriate housing and some of the barriers and issues that may arise.