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A House for Life update

Friday, 9 June, 2017

Karingal's commitment to the provision of shared living dates back more than 40 years and we offer shared living and residential respite from properties located in Geelong, Colac, Mornington Peninsula and Warrnambool.

Karingal's Accomodation Pathways Plan, now called A House for Life, is a social investment strategy aimed at contributing to the significant shortfall of appropriate, affordable and secure housing for people with a disability. In 2008, the Karingal Board made an initial investment of $5M with the remaining funds through partnerships with carer groups, local, state and federal governments, grants, bequests, donations and family contributions.

This initiative has resulted in long term housing and support for 49 people and seven respite and Transition to Independence places. This includes the commencement of two new services, one in Frankston and the other in Sunbury, while a third service will commence in Whittlesea next year.

Virtual tours of some of the housing options that have been established can be seen by visiting:
www.karingal.org.au/accommodation/shared-supported-accommodation

The Karingal St Laurence Board has very recently endorsed the KSL A House for Life strategy. This strategy aims to further increase our commitment to addressing the high level of unmet need in housing for people with a disability by developing or redeveloping shared living or residential respite for 92 people over the next five years.

The projects that are currently underway are:

  • Portland Lighthouse Home - the construction of a four-bed house and attached one-bed unit in partnership with the Portland Lighthouse Home Inc., and with the support of the Federal Department of Social Services and the State Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Tara's Dream - the construction of a five-bed house, two-bed unit and a further two one-bed units in Ocean Grove in partnership with the Tara's Dream Foundation and A House for Life Group and with the support of the City of Greater Geelong.
  • McCrae - the construction of a four-bed house and attached two-bed villa, in partnership with Frankston Peninsula Carers.
  • Melaluka Units - the construction of two one-bed Transition to Independence units in Leopold.
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