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How Can the NDIS Assist with Housing? 6 Ways to Access Support

With the housing crisis being at it's peak, it is difficult to know about all of the support options that are available for you if you are trying to find a place to live. With high competition for homes and stories of 100's of people lining up for inspections, it is important for everyone to get savvy and know what supports they have available for housing supports.

A picture of a home and a high rise flat next to a speech bubble with questions marks inside
A picture of a home and a high rise flat next to a speech bubble with questions marks inside

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) serves as a pivotal support system for

individuals living with disabilities across Australia. While its primary focus is on providing funding for disability-related support and services, the NDIS also plays a crucial role in assisting participants with securing suitable housing options. With the housing crisis at its peak, navigating available support options is more critical than ever.

This article will help you understand how your NDIS plan and support can help you with your housing goals:

a lady with long black hair sitting in a wheelchair
a drawing depicting a lady with long black hair sitting in her wheelchair from the back

1.Individualised Living Options (ILO): One of the key ways the NDIS supports housing is through specialized funding streams. This funding can be utilized to cover the costs associated with accessible housing modifications or to help participants secure specialized accommodation that meets their specific needs. These modifications may include wheelchair ramps, bathroom modifications, or other adjustments to improve accessibility and safety within the home. When you find the right place, your NDIS package can be used to help you modify the home to make it accessible for you.

2. Supported Independent Living (SIL): SIL is a support option provided under the NDIS that supports individuals with disabilities to live independently with the assistance of support workers. Participants receive funding to cover the costs of support staff who assist with daily living tasks, including personal care, household chores, and community participation. This support can empower individuals to live more autonomously in their chosen housing arrangements, whether it be a private rental, shared accommodation, or other living arrangements. For a participant to be eligible for SIL funding, you would need a lot of support with day-to-day living regularly. Your support coordinator and OT are key people to support you in seeing if you are eligible for Supported Independent Living.

an amputee person using crutches
an amputee person using crutches

3. Assistive Technology and Equipment: Access to appropriate assistive technology and equipment can significantly impact an individual's ability to live independently and safely within their home. The NDIS provides funding for assistive technology such as mobility aids, communication devices, and home modifications to enhance accessibility and support participants' housing needs. By ensuring access to these essential aids and equipment, the NDIS helps individuals maximize their independence and quality of life within their chosen housing environment.

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4 drawn jigsaw pieces

4. Capacity Building Supports: Capacity building supports offered through the NDIS aim to enhance participants' skills, capabilities, and confidence in managing their housing needs independently. This may involve funding for training programs, support coordination services, or assistance with developing essential life skills related to household management, budgeting, and tenancy rights. By empowering individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to maintain stable housing, the NDIS contributes to long-term housing sustainability and community integration. 5. Homelessness Prevention: For individuals at risk of homelessness or those experiencing housing instability, the NDIS can play a vital role in preventing homelessness and facilitating access to stable housing options. Through early intervention strategies, coordinated support services, and funding for crisis accommodation or transitional housing, the NDIS aims to address the underlying factors contributing to housing insecurity and support individuals in maintaining safe and stable housing arrangements.

yellow drawn home with DFFH written inside
yellow drawn home with DFFH written inside

6. Collaboration with Housing Providers: The NDIS works collaboratively with housing providers, local government agencies, and community organizations to develop innovative housing solutions tailored to the needs of individuals with disabilities. This may involve initiatives such as the development of purpose-built accessible housing, partnerships with social housing providers, or advocacy for inclusive housing policies and planning frameworks. By fostering collaboration and partnership across sectors, the NDIS strives to create more inclusive and accessible housing options for people with disabilities. A great example of this is the MIND Haven homes - you need to be registered with housing and your supports in the home get funded by the NDIS

Access to safe, affordable, and accessible housing is essential for individuals with disabilities to lead fulfilling and independent lives. This is the responsibility of the government to it's citizens. With the housing crisis intensifying, understanding available support options is crucial for all individuals seeking housing. The NDIS plays an important role in supporting participants in accessing suitable housing options through specialized funding, support services, and capacity building initiatives. By addressing the diverse housing needs of individuals with disabilities and promoting housing stability and inclusion, the NDIS contributes to enhancing the quality of life and well-being of its participants across Australia.

In Victoria, housing is the responsibility of the Department of Families, Fairness & Housing (DFFH). The first step is to make sure that you are registered with the Victorian Housing Register or contact your local housing access point.

Unfortunately, this process takes time but there are steps that you are able to take to make this process faster. If you would like to find an NDIS support coordinator who can support you to navigate the NDIS and the housing system, contact Quality Care Victoria today on 1300 452 116 and request a callback.

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