Queenslanders with disabilities will gain access to more independent living options, thanks to Endeavour Foundation’s $35 million investment in accessible housing.
CEO Andrew Donne said he was proud to announce Endeavour Foundation’s $35 million My Home, My Life initiative – an investment in 59 new accessible homes and 26 refurbished homes over three years. “My Home, My Life is the biggest investment ever made by Endeavour Foundation,” Mr Donne said. “Through this initiative, we will replace homes for 252 people with intellectual disability and create new homes for another 100 Queenslanders,” he said.
“Sadly, there are currently 5600 Australians with disability aged under 65 living in aged care and this is unacceptable. However, the challenge doesn’t stop there. Demand for Specialist Disability Accommodation far outstrips the housing available for NDIS participants. In Queensland alone, there are an estimated 1716 people in need of Specialist Disability Accommodation.
“While we know many people with disability are still living at home with aging parents, or are living in the short term or unstable accommodation. The time for action is now and the Endeavour Foundation is doing everything within our power to help meet this need.”
Mr Donne said the first phase of the My Home, My Life initiative will see 15 new homes built before July 2021, in Toowoomba, Bundaberg, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Gold Coast and Townsville. “We have chosen these locations based on the growing need in these communities, and access to local services and amenities,” he said.
“Endeavour Foundation has long been established in both South East Queensland and in regional areas throughout the state. The My Home, My Life initiative will support local jobs in construction, trades, and suppliers and will create ongoing disability support jobs in the local communities where we are already providing support for people with disability.”
Resident and passionate Maroons fan Jason Moore said he was looking forward to spending time with his mates at home.
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