Ferntree Gully and Cranbourne will soon have a boost in social and community housing, with EACH Housing (EHL) set to develop brand new homes as part of the Homes Victoria Big Housing Build initiative.
Under the Big Housing Build – Homes Victoria has engaged EACH Housing, alongside other not-for-profits in the community housing sector, to provide over $1b of safe, secure and affordable new homes across Victoria for some of our most vulnerable community members.
EACH Housing will prioritise equitable access by drawing 100% of renters from the Victorian Housing Register Priority Listing, including victims of family violence, Aboriginal Victorians, people with mental illness and people with disability. These renters will be supported by EACH and EACH Housing’s parent company, a large health and community services organisation with extensive service provision in the outer east and south east of Melbourne.
Ferntree Gully will welcome an apartment building of fifteen 1-bedroom units; including ten social housing units and five Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) units for people with severe and profound disability. SDA renters will be supported by the NDIS and EACH Housing is keen for early applicants for these SDA tenancies. In Cranbourne’s the building of nineteen social housing units will comprise thirteen 1-bedroom units, as well as six 2-bedroom units.
The projects aim to alleviate housing stress experienced by welfare recipients as indicated by the state government’s September quarter Rental Report, with the number of new lettings affordable to those on Centrelink incomes for 1 and 2-bedroom dwellings at only 1.3% and 4.6% respectively.
Engagement with both local councils in Knox and Casey has been ongoing to inform the buildings’ design to ensure that they meet council objectives, amenity with the local communities, as well as the needs of future renters.
The works are set to commence early in 2022 and reach completion in early 2023, expecting to welcome residents in April 2023.View EACH Housing Consultation Report – 3 The Avenue Ferntree Gully (Word) View EACH Housing Consultation Report – 3 The Avenue Ferntree Gully (PDF)
Rendered image of Ferntree Gully apartment building
Rendered image of Cranbourne’s social housing
These six unit apartments have been specially designed to allow people with significant physical limitations to live independently whilst sharing the additional support that they each require.
The apartments have been designed and constructed to provide independence, dignity, choice and community connection for its residents – basic human rights so often lacking in shared accommodation.
Supported by a grant from the Federal Government through the Supported Accommodation Innovation Fund with land and other funding provided by EACH, the development provides residents with their own fully self-contained unit with a kitchen, bathroom, double bedroom, living/dining area and laundry. While the focus of the building is on independent, self-contained apartment living, it also has shared areas for socialisation with family, friends and other residents. Importantly, the units are designed to be homes, eliminating the clinical feel so often associated with accessible living.
This innovative two unit disability housing development accommodation houses two adults with a physical disability, providing independent living for people who may be currently living with ageing parents or at inappropriate accommodation such as aged care facilities.
The project has been built on a model of independent yet cooperative living with the provision of supportive technology and carer support. It incorporates environmentally sustainable design and the latest in supportive technology including automated doors to apartments and balconies and tablet technology for important operations such as controlling heating, blinds and lights, allowing residents greater mobility and independence.
The two homes are designed for the residents to live independently of each other, whilst providing a single entrance and 24 hour care support with a separate carer’s quarter. Doors and corridors allow wheelchair access, ramps replace stairs for maximum mobility and kitchen, toilets, bathroom and laundry features allow self-management of everyday tasks and personal needs. Each unit contains two bedrooms to cater for overnight visitors, encouraging residents to remain connected to family members and networks. The homes look like any other on the street and will connect residents to their local community.
The land for this project was donated by EACH and largely funded by a grant from the Australian Federal Government through the Supported Accommodation Innovation Fund.
EACH Housing also provides Rapid Housing Assistance: 9 units for women and children escaping family violence and Rapid Housing (Homelessness): 7 units for people experiencing long term homelessness across Eastern and Southern Melbourne.
In addition to the provision of safe and secure housing for these cohorts of renters, it is essential that integrated and coordinated support is provided to assist our renters in achieving independence through the development of life skills, education, better health and wellbeing, and ability to take advantage of opportunities. The unique partnership between EACH Housing and EACH allows both of these requirements to be met – EACH Housing provides safe, secure and affordable accommodation and EACH provides a dedicated case worker to provide support across a range of EACH and other external services.