GROWING THE SOUTH-WEST | 10 high-needs apartments for Ed.Square

Frasers Property and disability-housing provider Summer Housing will build 10 new units for young people with disabilities at Ed.Square.

Units in stage 1 are due to be up by the end of next year.

Summer Housing is a non-profit housing-provider in the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Its vision is to see all people with disabilities and complex-care needs have the opportunity to live in high-quality housing that enables them to live as independently as possible, enhancing their health, wellbeing and participation in the community.

Under the agreement, Summer Housing will take ownership of 11 units to house 10 young people with disabilities with an extra unit to be used for on-site support workers.

Before completion, the units will be specifically fitted out to meet high-physical-support design requirements under the NDIS, the top benchmark for residential disability-housing. Round-the-clock support workers will be meet the complex-care needs of selected residents with disabilities. On-call support workers will enable them to lead independent lives and not in aged care.

Frasers development director WarwickDowler said the new residents will enjoy high-quality and convenient lifestyle. "We're delighted to help provide high-quality housing for these young people," he said. "Everything at Ed.Square will be within minutes. The town centre will provide a shopping, dining and entertainment precinct incorporating an Eat Street, fresh-food marketplace and Coles supermarket, Event cinema, childcare centre, waterplay area, tavern and healthcare facilities.

"You don't need a car at Ed.Square as you're already connected to a thriving community and the Edmondson Park station is at your doorstep. It's an important part of the criteria for housing people with disability."

Summer Housing chief executive Dan McLennan said the new units at Ed.Square will be a welcome addition to meet the rising housing needs of people with disabilities.

"The right housing and support in the right location can increase a person's quality of life and independence, while reducing lifetime care costs," he said.

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