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New disability accommodation helps meet demand

Recent times have demonstrated the importance of having a safe and comfortable home. Member organisation, VMCH, is proud to unveil its newest Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) in Carrum. Five adults moved from its Highett SDA into the two connected, three-bedroom houses on July 6 and are busy making their new spaces home.

The houses – designed under new SDA standards (Improved Liveability category) – provide residents with the opportunity to improve their independent living skills with modern and accessible spaces and equipment, ensuite bathrooms, built-in barbeques and raised vegetable patches.

VMCH CEO Sonya Smart said the new $2.4m development – one of 14 VMCH-owned SDAs – helped to meet demand for a “huge lack of appropriate housing options” for people with disabilities across Victoria. 

“Holding community consultations in the lead-up to this development to hear what people with disability actually want and need informed many of our choices at Carrum,” Sonya said. “We will continue to listen to feedback as we build homes that support people’s complex needs so they can live confidently and as independently as possible within the community.”

Resident Jennifer said she was “very happy” to move into the house and had chosen the colour pink for her bedroom’s feature wall. “I’m planning to go buy new furniture for my room with the help of my key worker and team leader. I’m very excited about it.”

Roommate Steven looks forward to displaying his model car and truck collections, and is happy to have a room with a street view and a lovely backyard to relax and enjoy a BBQ in. 

Carrum SDA Team Leader Rishmi Rodrigo said the move had gone smoothly and residents were settling in nicely. “I’m very thankful to VMCH for building us a brand-new house with lot of facilities. When I see smiles on the faces of residents, family members and staff, it makes me feel proud to work with the organisation.”

The development, by BowdenCorp, was made possible largely thanks to the kindness of VMCH's supporters including through appeals, trusts and bequests. VMCH thanks those individuals for their generosity, time and interest in this life-changing project.  

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