What is SDA housing?

Specialist disability accommodation (SDA) is a range of housing designed for people with extreme functional impairment or very high support needs. 

SDA dwellings have accessible features to help residents live more independently and allow other supports to be delivered better or more safely.

Participants eligible for SDA:

  • have an extreme functional impairment or very high support needs
  • meet the specialist disability accommodation needs requirement and the NDIS funding criteria

SDA helps to stimulate the market to produce high quality, contemporary, accessible, well-designed housing for participants with SDA funding in their plan. SDA funding is paid directly to SDA providers to cover the building and maintenance costs. Participants pay a reasonable rent contribution and other day to day living costs such as electricity bills.

‘It’s shown me how independent I can be’ – housing designed for people with disabilities reduces the help needed.

Well-designed homes that foster more independent living and increase community connection can potentially reduce support costs and the need for younger people to live in aged care. specialist housing, that incorporates technology and communication tools, improves independence, health, well-being and community integration. New disability housing has enormous potential to improve the effectiveness of paid support and address housing and workforce issues. 

Housing makes a difference 

New research published by La Trobe University and the Summer Foundation has found that designing specialist housing with the tenant in mind leads to better outcomes. Before moving into new SDA apartments, study participants lived in a range of housing including group homes, residential aged care, private rentals and with ageing parents. After they moved they used an average of 2.4 hours less paid support per person per day. 

At Mountain Assets, we work only with developers with extensive experience in SDA housing. 

If you would like to know more about how we can help you to make the most of growth in the SDA housing market, please contact us today on 1800 988 014.

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