Implementing person-centred approaches to private housing for people with disability: Impediments and difficulties
Researchers from Queensland University of Technology partnered with the University of Queensland to study the barriers and obstacles experienced by people with disability when accessing private housing markets. Case studies were compiled from interviews with three organisations, families and people with disabilities about their use of person-centred housing models and their issues with gaining access to private housing. An additional case study examined a family-led advocacy initiative seeking access to social housing in an intentional community.
The research identified a number of key issues preventing access to the private housing market. There is limited housing stock which is suitable for use by people with disabilities. Silo approaches in the housing and disability systems may also limit the development of suitable housing options. This segmentation creates challenges for both individuals and organisations in obtaining the information needed to support access. Furthermore, the broader contexts of the policy, legal and funding environments inadequately address the housing needs of people with disabilities.
From the NSW Department of Family and Community Services website:
Franz, J., Bitner, G., Petriwskyj, A., Ward, M., Adkins, B. & Rolfe, A. (2015), Ecologies of housing and underlying assumptions of vulnerability. Housing, Care and Support, 18 (2), pp. 41-50 http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/HCS-06-2015-0009