October 25, 2022

Foundation Housing completes its first Specialist Disability Accommodation homes

In partnership with Activ and builder Tricrest Construction, Foundation Housing has completed two four-bedroom Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) homes in Bassendean, with NDIS participants due to move into the homes in early November.

The Minister for Disability Services, the Hon Donald Punch MLA attended a special ceremony on Monday 24 October to official open the homes.

Fully funded and developed by Foundation Housing, the project delivers high quality, fully adapted accommodation that enables completely independent living and room for carer support, if needed. The homes are a demonstration that supported accommodation does not need to be a compromise on quality or finish. The project has been three years in the making and has come to life through a strong partnership with Activ and a group of their clients who contributed to the design and development concepts at all stages of the project. Foundation Housing worked closely with Activ to ensure the homes are well suited to individual clients. Specialist equipment in the homes include structural provision for hoists and rails, an uninterrupted power supply, and smart wiring to enable automated control of fixtures, fittings, lighting, gates and communications.

A mural was commissioned on the boundary wall to bring colour and vibrancy to the adjoining park. Award-winning artist Sioux Tempestt created a design that represents local flora, fauna, community and growth. The unique artwork creates a connection and a sense of belonging for both residents and the broader community.

Chris Smith, CEO of Foundation Housing said:
“Foundation Housing recognises and acknowledges the demand and essential need for new custom built specialist disability accommodation. Leveraging the NDIS, Foundation Housing commenced work on the project over three years ago. It has been fully funded from our existing cash reserves and sets the benchmark in WA for disability housing.”

“I want to thank project manager Pulse Property Solutions, builder Tricrest Construction, architect M Carbone Design, and our committed staff and Development Committee members who had the vision for Foundation Housing to take on this first SDA project and have all had an important part in its delivery.”

“As with everything Foundation Housing does, the delivery of new homes is all about the impact it has on those who need housing. This project provides brand-new, purpose-built homes for those living with a disability. We have successfully delivered this project in an extremely difficult construction market and all without any requirement for public funding. We are thrilled that Activ have worked alongside us to ensure the homes are suitable for their clients and the input from the tenants and their families has been invaluable. This co-design approach has enhanced the quality and functionality of the finished product.”

“We look forward to welcoming our new tenants Tania, Sharon, Elaine, Tammy and Deirdre into their homes and continuing to deliver much needed housing into the future.”