I’ve been a professional poker player, worked for 5 years as an admin assistant and started my own business, so life is pretty amazing. But there’s still something missing. I have always dreamed of living in the city, a reality I am yet to accomplish.

G’day, I’m Jonathan Bredin, but most people call me Jono. Four years ago, I left my parents’ home and moved into my own place. I live in a complex of 6 separate units, which have 24-hour support workers. I have Cerebral Palsy and require assistance for daily living, so having access to these workers is critical for me.

I needed my own place because I want my privacy and independence, just like everyone else. This type of living arrangement means that I can have my privacy and freedom, but still have access to support workers, if and when I need them. It was a great first step. The location is also within a 15-minute drive from family, which means that if I am in any trouble, they can be here in no time.

Even though I have lived in Frankston or surrounding areas all my life, I have always preferred the city life. My passions are playing poker at Crown Casino and attending sporting events, so living in the city would give me greater freedom and independence to engage in these activities whenever I feel like it.

Jono seated smiling at home

Jonathan 'Jono' Bredin

Until recently, the city life I desired so much would not have been possible because of a lack of accessible apartments with 24-hour emergency support workers. But with the NDIS implementing Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA), housing developers are now building accessible accommodation in the city. My dreams can now become a reality.

Artists impression of Melbourne Quarter apartment building

Melbourne Quarter apartments, Docklands

Around March last year, I began feeling like I needed more out of my housing situation and started to think about moving somewhere that was more suited to my needs. I told my support worker what I wanted, then he asked me a question I didn’t know the answer to. He asked me what my dream home would look like. So, we sat down and nutted out what I was actually looking for in a new place.

Now that I had a clear vision of what I wanted, I needed to find the right people to help make it happen. The Summer Foundation was my first point of contact, as I have always found them to be one of the few organisations who genuinely care. I told them that I wanted to move, the reasons why and what I was looking for. Then they told me about the city apartments that Summer Housing was building in Docklands and Southbank, and explained the set-up.

In May, I started the process to get all the necessary paperwork ready. It took a while to get everything together. Then in September, I submitted my application to the NDIS to get SDA in my plan. I knew SDA would be a critical part of my next house move, so I started the process before I was even offered a house. The Tenancy Matching Service Team helped me with filling in the application for the Docklands and Southbank apartments and gave me some advice on SDA.

I have since received a conditional offer for a place at Melbourne Quarter in Docklands and I’m hoping to move in later this year. These past few weeks, I have needed to be in the city for one reason or another and while there I have impulsively decided to see a sporting match. I can’t wait to do this more often when I move to the city.

Your dreams can become reality, even though it may seem impossible.

If you would like to see what happens next, visit my website www.callingthebrainsbluff.com

 

Housing Hub News: Thanks for sharing your story Jono. We look forward to hearing more about your move to the city later this year!

Want to know more about housing options?

There are a number of useful resources on the Housing Hub website to help you on your housing journey. Housing providers can find out more about the Tenancy Matching Service by downloading our brochure or contact the Housing Matching Team via phone on 1300 626 560 and speak to Jessie Lewis. You can also contact us via email at enquiries@thehousinghub.org.au.

Jono with three of the Melbourne Mustangs boys.

Jono with some of the Melbourne Mustangs boys after the ANZAC game. From left to right: Jamie Bourke, Brendan McDowell and Christian Isackson.