Rooming Houses are generally singles accommodation where residents rent a room in the house and share common facilities such as kitchens, bathrooms and laundries.
Many rooming houses are now being renovated so that the rooms become self-contained with their own kitchenette and bathroom.
These properties function to house the most marginalised individuals who have often been sleeping rough and are making the first step in adjusting to stable housing.
Within the spectrum of community housing properties, it is rooming houses that are directly dealing with chronic homelessness and look to assist often single people in adjusting to more stable living. These individuals will rent a bedroom and share common facilities.
Supported Residential Services (SRS) provide accommodation and support for people who need help in everyday life, like people who are frail or have a disability.
Supported Residential Services are operated privately and do not receive government funding. SRS providers must be registered with the state government and are monitored to ensure they provide certain standards of personal support and accommodation.
The services provided, the types of people able to be accommodated, and fees charged vary based on the SRS provider.
Shared Supported Accommodation (SSA) provides both housing and support services for people with a disability.
This may be in a group home or other living arrangement where staff are available to support the needs of the people living there.
The supported accommodation service helps you learn new things, make choices about your life and get active in the community. It will help you look after the house, like cleaning and shopping; Care for yourself, like eating, getting dressed and preparing food; With personal hygiene, like bathing and going to the toilet; to be part of the local community.
Staff can also help with other things, like going to the doctor or to social activities. Please note, under the NDIS in Victoria, SSA properties managed by DHHS are now referred to as Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA).
Social housing is made up of two types of housing, public housing and community housing. It is for people on low income who need housing, especially those who have recently experienced homelessness, family violence or have other special needs.
Public housing is a form of long-term rental social housing managed by the state government.
Community housing is secure, affordable, long-term rental housing managed by not-for-profit organisations for people on low income or with special needs. Community housing providers offer different types of housing depending on the needs and preferences of the family or individual.
Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) can be provided to people who are or are likely to be NDIS participants and have an extreme functional impairment or very high support needs (SDA).
The term ‘SDA’ is used in two ways; SDA apartment or house and means the actual property; or SDA payment, which is the funding allocated to a person in their NDIS Plan. SDA funding and SDA housing are for people who require specialist housing solutions, including assistance with the delivery of supports that cater for their extreme functional impairment or very high support needs.
New Build SDA is a housing development currently being built that will be available for people with the SDA funding payment.
Existing Build SDA refers to existing properties suitable for people with SDA funding in their NDIS plan.