“The need for affordable, accessible and suitable accommodation for people with a disability will not resolve itself; it needs a dogged focus, determined action and resilient partnerships to achieve this. It is for this reason that we are driving the 121 Care Disability Housing Solutions.” – Kym Chomley, General Manager 121 Care
Expression of Interest
Do you have a housing problem you need a solution to? Tell us your problem by completing the expression of interest form (below) and a member of our expert team will get back to you.
Your details will remain confidential. 121 Care may request your permission to release your contact details to other families or individuals with similar requirements and needs.
121 Care’s team of experts wants to help you find the most suitable housing option. No fees are charged by 121 Care for referrals to suitable providers. The businesses included on this site will earn their income as part of the normal fees associated with any business transaction.
At 121 Care, on a daily basis we see the need for appropriate housing for people with a disability and the struggle many have to find accommodation which is right for their needs.
With an aging population, parents of adult children with a disability constantly worry about who will look after their child when they are unable to; as well as where they will live.
The 121 Care Disability Housing Solutions aims to bring together like-minded people who are able to access invaluable information on what housing services are available, how housing models can be challenged and how they can be financed. We believe everyone has the right to safe, comfortable and suitable accommodation and believe we can work together to achieve this.
Our Expert Team
Ben Dalton – Has been in the building industry for more than 20 years and his business, Your Asset Group, covers a diverse range of services including retro-fitting existing houses to accessible standards. Ben works with 121 Care to provide housing solutions for people with disabilities and Your Asset Accessible Homes are building client independence.
Peter Porcellini – In practice as a solicitor in Queensland since 1987, Peter works on achieving succession and estate planning goals for clients in a measured and secure way. Peter is contributing to 121 Care Disability Housing Solutions by providing pertinent legal advice.
Barry Johnson – A specialist in financial modelling, NDIS and ownership structures. Barry is a Management Committee member of 121 Care and was the senior partner in a prominent accounting form for more than 20 years. Barry is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and Certified Practicing Accountants Australia and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mark Emsden –A real estate agent for 14 years and as proprietor of Cube Real Estate, Mark has developed a fully integrated marketing system and will help source and acquire properties for the 121 Care Disability Housing Solutions project.
Alan O’Callaghan – Alan has a background in disability advocacy spanning nearly 40 years, including supporting students with disabilities in adult education and TAFE. Throughout the ‘90s, Alan was employed by Melbourne’s Banyule City Council as the Access and Integration Officer advising on a range of disability access and inclusion issues across all Council departments and he was also involved with providing access advice to Ministry of Housing Victoria on a specific development.
Scott Roberts – With nearly 30 years banking and finance experience, Scott is now a financing specialist for innovative funding models. His experience with a major bank and as state manager of one of Australia’s major aggregators, helps Scott to create the niche business that is IBN Direct: Alternative Funding Solutions.
Rob Ellis – A financial planner specialising in disability planning, Rob has more than 20 years of experience and has previously served on a number of management committees including Sporting Wheelies, Paraplegic Benefit Fund and the Queensland Spinal Injuries Research Foundation. Robert is focused on helping to resolve the challenges and identifying the opportunities faced by the disability services sector.
David Stafford – David holds many roles working as the accountant for 121 Care, secretariat for the 121 Care Housing Solutions and is also currently Contract Officer with Disability Services Queensland (previously involved with 121 Care in this role since 2006). He has worked in multiple roles in the disability sector including as support worker, local area coordinator and supports facilitator and brings a wealth of experience to his roles.
Rob Walter has a diverse background in project management and holds an Executive Master of Business Administration. Through his work with various Not for Profit Disability Support organisations, Rob understands the challenges and needs in delivering support services to those with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues in the Sunshine Coast region.
One: Share House Purchase Strategy
- Four people purchase shares in a company at $150,000 each to buy and renovate a suitable property for themselves.
- This arrangement would be regulated by company law, protecting the rights of the purchaser.
- This model is attractive to people who may have been locked out of the housing market because they have been unable to borrow money.
- Buying shares provides advantages in relation to borrowing, taxation, pension and pooling of resources.
- There are no body corporate issues.
- Easy exit from the scheme as the investor (person with a disability) can sell shares to an incoming resident.
Two: Independent Living Option
- An adult with a disability wants to be close to their parents but it is important to maintain their independence by living separately from them.
- Together, the family invests in modular housing which can be constructed on the parents’ existing property.
- The housing is tailored to meet the specific needs of the adult with the disability.
Three: Duplex Living Option
- Three friends decide to band together to rent or buy a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house at Yandina.
- The property has been purpose-built to ensure it meets each individual’s needs and is accessible for each of them.
- As tenants or home-owners, the three friends are able to enjoy a high level of independence and the support they can offer each other.
Four: Community Housing Option
- Older parents with a disabled adult child decide to sell their house when it becomes more difficult for them to care for their child.
- They purchase two units at Jones Rd, North Buderim; one for themselves to live in and an accessible unit for their child.
- They engage a service provider to assist with the physical care of their child and to take their child on social outings to sporting matches.
- The parents and their disabled adult child enjoy the comfort and security of being easily accessible to each other.
An investor has approached 121 Care with a proposal to build two, 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom duplexes in a new area of Yandina. These duplexes will be suitable for several people to share and will be available for rent at an estimated $420-$440 per week or to buy for around $450,000. The investor has said they are prepared to build one of the duplexes so it is universally accessible.
The property is within walking distance to the IGA supermarket and public transport.
Another property in Mooloolaba from the same investor is expected to become available to 121 Care clients in the near future.
Maroochydore or Caloundra
Ben Dalton from Asset Maintenance, has joined forces with the team at 121 Care to source a house in central Maroochydore which will be suitable for renovation to provide housing for three or four people with disabilities. Residents will have the opportunity to own a percentage of the property by buying shares in the company building residence, or they can choose to rent. The selected property will be close to public transport and shops.
Rob Walter from Integrated Living, is working with 121 Care to enable access to well-designed, accessible modular housing (granny flats) for people to build on their existing properties.
The flats are self-contained and afford independence for adults with a disability. The modules can also be used as accommodation for carers living on your property.
121 Care is working with a property developer to investigate the possibility to develop accessible accommodation on a site in central Nambour. If building approval is granted, the six unit development would include several accessible units available for sale off the plan. The property is located near schools, the shopping precinct and public transport.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does this system work?
When you submit an expression of interest (EOI) outlining the housing requirements you have for yourself, your family or a family member, the EOI will be assessed by the our expert team and several housing options will be offered for your consideration.
There is no pressure to proceed with any of these options. Remember, you are in charge here. Should you proceed with a shared housing option, 121 Care will provide you with contact details of other individuals and/or families who are seeking similar housing.
How much will this cost me?
There is no charge for 121 Care to introduce individuals or their families to our expert team.
Depending on your personal circumstances and the option or model of housing you choose, you will then pay the specialist housing provider their normal commercial fee (such as a paying the modular housing provider the price for a modular home or a real estate agent fees for their services).
121 Care may be paid a referral fee by these professionals but their fees, commissions and prices will be at normal commercial rates and will not be inflated to cover any referral fee paid.
How will housing be affected by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)?
When the NDIS has been rolled out to include those living on the Sunshine Coast, people with a disability and their families may be able to access funds to modify a rental property to ensure it meets their needs.
People with a disability can also opt for the “try before you buy” model where they spend up to 14 days living/sharing with others in a respite situation. This allows individuals to make an informed decision on whether they want to live in shared accommodation.
August Housing Symposium
A symposium was held at Griffith University on August 8 looking at the issues people with a disability face trying to secure on-going, suitable accommodation.
The symposium is one in a series of meetings offered by the University as part of its National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) series.
To see the full video of the day, click here: Griffith University’s August symposium on Housing for People with a Disability.
It is a long video so if you are time-poor and interested in only some sections, scroll down the link for chapter titles. Clicking on each of these titles will take you to that chapter.