When a person is waiting for their best long term housing option to be ready, they may need interim or temporary housing. The NDIS funding for this includes:
Medium Term Accommodation funding (MTA) and Short Term Accommodation (STA)
People with disability have the right to choose who they live with, where they live and how they live. This means it’s really important for the person themselves, family, guardians, health and disability professionals, support provider agencies and housing provider agencies to do these 6 things. It might not be in this order, and with Covid-19 in our world, they might be done more quickly than usual, but they all should be done:
Find out the person’s Housing and Needs and Preferences and the supports they need, which means really understanding their best long term housing option and their best long term support model
Record the person’s Housing and Needs and Preferences and the supports they need, in all important documents and keeping this at the forefront of all planning, searching and ideas
Search high and low for housing that meets the person’s Housing Needs and Preferences
Complete all the assessments and evidence that is needed for the NDIA to determine SDA, SIL (if some or all of the person’s supports will be shared and AT (Assistive Technology/equipment requests)
Consider if the person also needs an interim housing option, and include a request for funding (MTA, STA) for this too
Search high and low for interim housing that ideally meets the person’s Housing Needs and Preferences or, is a really good ‘temporary compromise’
Focusing on Number 5: Consider if the person also needs an interim housing option
When will a person need interim housing or temporary housing?
When a person is stuck in hospital and their long-term housing option is not currently available This could be because they are:
Waiting home modifications
Influenced by hospital timeframes. E.g at the moment there are significant bed pressures in hospitals
Waiting for new build SDA to be ready
Waiting for the NDIA to make decisions
When a person is exiting the justice system
When a person’s current living arrangement breaks down (emergency or crisis).
What NDIS funding is available for interim or temporary housing?
Short Term Accommodation (STA)
Medium Term Accommodation (MTA)
Short Term Accommodation (STA)
If the person needs short term housing, say for 2-4 weeks, then Short term Accommodation funding may be useful. STA is usually:
A period of respite
Includes all expenses in a 24-hour period and includes assistance with self-care or community access, accommodation, food and negotiated activities
Included in Core Budget of NDIS plan
STA is described as being used for a period of up to 14 days at a time. However, there have been examples where STA has been used for longer.
Medium Term Accommodation (MTA) funding
If the person is:
waiting home modifications to be done or
waiting for a vacancy to become available in the place where they want to live, and they have an offer for this place or
waiting for a new build SDA to be ready, and they have an offer for this SDA or
in hospital and is therefore in the exceptional circumstance of being at risk of contracting COVID-19 and is being forced to leave hospital (to free up beds for others who are medically unwell) and without a long term housing option at this time
In these situations, the NDIA may determine it reasonable and necessary to fund the person for Medium Term Accommodation (MTA) funding.
Minister Stuart Robert’s media release on 2 December 2019 announced the introduction of Medium Term Accommodation funding and talked about it being used for bridging housing for younger NDIS participants who are at risk of being admitted to aged care, or for those who wish to leave aged care, while they wait for home modifications or identified specialist disability accommodation (SDA). It is also for participants who are ready to leave hospital but are waiting for disability-related home modifications to be completed on their house or for a vacancy or for their new build SDA to be ready.
The funding that is available is described in the NDIS Support Catalogue as:
Medium Term Accommodation and covers the costs of housing. The support component of the care to be claimed separately at the relevant time of day and day of week. This item can be used for periods up to 90 days (including COVID19 loading).
The current amount (27 March 2020) is : $138.92/day for National Non-Remote; $194.49/day for National remote; $208.38/day for National Very Remote (and all prices include a COVID19 loading).
Where to find housing that can be funded by MTA or STA?
The Summer Foundation’s Housing Hub can now be used to not only search for SDA housing (current and new build), non-SDA housing, and STA housing, but from the end of March, it will also include information about properties open to considering MTA funding.