New housing for 10 young people with a disability was opened at Argenton today by the Minister for Disability Services, Peter Primrose, and the Member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery.
The new houses were conceived as a co-located facility to provide opportunities for young adults with complex health care and physical support needs.
Ms Hornery welcomed the new houses which have been purpose-built with a capital investment of over $1.77 million.
"It's important that we have high-quality accommodation built locally for people with a disability so that they can remain close to their friends and family, but at the same time live in an environment that provides the support they need," Ms Hornery said.
Mr Primrose said the houses had been built through Stronger Together, the NSW Government's 10-year $5.5 billion initiative to expand and improve disability services.
"This accommodation provides greater assistance and long-term practical solutions for people with a disability and their families," Mr Primrose said.
"Part of the long-term strategy outlined in Stronger Together includes the commitment to deliver additional specialist accommodation support places and to expand the range of models available to residents and their families."
Mr Primrose said that through Stronger Together, $95 million had been invested across a range of disability services in the Hunter local planning area, which included 84 new supported accommodation and intensive in-home support places.
"Increasing the range and type of accommodation models enables a better match with client support needs."
Mr Primrose said that operational funding of almost $1.26 million a year had been granted to Life Without Barriers to implement this new service in Argenton.
Life Without Barriers began operations in the Hunter Region in 1999 and has grown to be one of the largest disability service providers in NSW.
Mr Primrose said that the organization had a reputation for innovative and person-centered models of service delivery and brought this expertise to the new service.
"I would particularly like to acknowledge the families, who have worked hard to create a home-like environment around all the supports that young people with such high care needed to be comfortable," Mr Primrose said.
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