The future of SDA
Specialist Disability Accommodation housing for Bayley House clients
Many Bayley House clients and families have an urgent and growing need for supported housing. This combination of specialist housing and care staff can provide our clients with the opportunity to live independently in secure, affordable housing with staff support. The residents can develop skills, independence, friendships and a new life in their new home.
On 22 March 2023, Bayley House held a forum for families interested in learning more about SDA and our partnership with BlueCHP Community Housing Provider, please click below to watch the presentation and download the slides.
NDIS funded SDA housing is available to clients who have a high level of functional impairment or very high support needs. They must meet the NDIS needs requirement and funding criteria. For eligible SDA clients we aim to provide well supported, affordable and permanent accommodation in the region Bayley House serves.
In 2023 we plan to tackle this challenge by working with Bayley House families and BlueCHP community housing to co-design and provide SDA homes for Bayley House clients. BlueCHP is a not-for-profit, tier 1, Community Housing Provider who can provide the homes that will be managed and staffed with Bayley House support staff to provide permanent, safe, secure affordable housing.
How does it work? (SDA and SIL)
- SDA – Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is the mechanism by which the NDIS subsidises the provision of ‘bricks and mortar’ SDA dwellings for people with disabilities who meet the SDA eligibility criteria.
- SIL – Separately, Bayley House staff provide the Supported Independent Living (SIL) services to provide care and help you to live as independently as possible in SDA housing.
Bayley House has been working since NDIS transition to find a way forward to deliver more and better housing/accommodation options for our present and future clients. The separation in the NDIS model of housing (SDA) and support (SIL) provides Bayley House with the opportunity to achieve this.
We have researched opportunities to partner with housing providers who are well aligned with our core values and have a long-term commitment to people with disabilities. BlueCHP is a provider who will work with Bayley House clients and families to assist them to determine their housing requirements and SDA eligibility. They will seek family input codesigning a home their family member can share with other Bayley House clients.
BlueCHP already house over 360 NDIS participants in SDA homes they provide. They have the capacity to provide SDA homes for Bayley House clients who achieve SDA eligibility. They have a well-developed seven step “Guide You Home” process to guide families through this journey. (See below)
Bayley House will staff and operate the BlueCHP owned SDA homes using the same Bayley House staff, guidelines, policies house rules etc as we do with the existing SDA homes we own and operate. Most importantly BlueCHP will offer secure 60-year housing to Bayley House clients.
Developing SDA accommodation in our region is an expensive business requiring specialist property development skills and very significant financial investment. BlueCHP are prepared to make this SDA housing investment in our region. Bayley House has the skills capacity to manage and staff all the new houses that may be required by Bayley House clients now and into the future.
Families will be involved in co design of these houses to achieve the best outcome for their family member and the other clients who will share this new build home.
Every person’s situation is different and through a co-design process a range of housing options will emerge for example one suitable new build housing model for some of our clients could include:
- Community living for up to 6 people in two by three-bedroom SDA dwellings including staff Overnight Office and Accommodation (OOA).
- Located on a suburban block, say 700 SQM within our local region with outdoor garden space.
- 24-hour management of the home and client care provided by Bayley House staff
- All property and maintenance issues being responsibility of BlueCHP.
BlueCHP have a range of proven designs to share and promote discussion.