Not-for-profit organisation Youngcare has partnered with Moreton Bay Regional Council and the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane to build an accessible, mixed-use housing development for young people with high physical-care needs at North Lakes.

The partnership comes at a critical time, coinciding with accessible accommodation opportunities triggered by the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and SDA reforms in July this year, and the lack of appropriate high-care housing currently available.

The integrated development will be fully equipped with state-of-the-art high-care technology and equipment, featuring onsite and around-the-clock care to cater to residents’ individual needs, and Youngcare is currently seeking expressions of interest for the development’s first residents.

Main Talking points in the discussion with the CEO of YoungCare Anthony Ryan include:

The issue: Australia has a severe shortage of appropriate housing for young people with high care needs. Youngcare is working to liberate young people by providing options through grants and accessible housing.  

Currently, there are 12,000 young people being left behind in inappropriate housing simply because there is nowhere else for them to go. 

Youngcare is boldly tackling this national issue by acting as the conduit for industry, government and the community to work together to bring much-needed change to the disability housing sector.
 
Youngcare (the organisation) :  Youngcare is a national not-for-profit organisation creating choice and independence for young people (aged 18 – 65) with high care needs by providing fully accessible and age-appropriate living spaces, grants for equipment and home modifications and support through a national phone line. 

Youngcare is a solution-focused organisation that connects industry leaders and government to drive change and provide innovative solutions to empower young people to live the lives we all deserve. 

To donate: www.youngcare.com.au/donate
 
North Lakes development : To date, Youngcare has built four accessible residences around Queensland.  

Youngcare has partnered with Moreton Bay Regional Council and the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane to build an accessible, mixed-use housing development for young people with high physicalcare needs in the state’s fastest-growing suburb of North Lakes. 

Upon completion in late 2019, the integrated development will be fully equipped with state-of-the-art high-care technology and equipment, featuring onsite and around-the-clock care, catering to residents’ individual needs.    

The development will be located at Astley Parade, providing residents with access to local shops, amenities, medical centres and facilities, and public transport services. 

Youngcare is currently seeking expressions of interest for the development’s first high care residents — potential residents can express their interest by calling the Youngcare Connect Team on 1800 844 727.   
 
 
NDIS:  The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) reforms are changing the disability sector forever.   

Youngcare believes this is a unique opportunity to unite in a strategy that solves the youth disability residential crisis.  

Youngcare believes that the community has been given the incentive to pursue a realistic investment opportunity in disability accommodation. 

More importantly Youngcare wants to make sure that all residential options are designed in a way that honours the individual and family needs.
 
YoungCare is also looking to expand in to other areas where there is a need including Redcliffe and Caboolture with discussions expected to commence on those projects in 2019, so be on the lookout for future announcements as the need is being prepared to be filled by YoungCare.

 

Youngcare partners with Council to deliver integrated housing development at North Lakes

Not-for-profit organisation Youngcare has partnered with Moreton Bay Regional Council and the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane to build an accessible, mixed-use housing development for young people with high physical-care needs in the state’s fastest-growing suburb of North Lakes.

 
The partnership comes at a critical time, coinciding with accessible accommodation opportunities triggered by the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and SDA reforms in July this year, and the outstanding need for accessible housing in the Moreton Bay Region.  

Youngcare Chief Executive Officer Anthony Ryan said the development would allow more young Queenslanders with highcare needs to live the young lives they deserve as valued members of a wider, integrated community.  

“Currently, there are around 2,500 young Queenslanders with high-care needs living in institutionalised housing like aged care and hospital rooms, with more than 200 of them living in the Moreton Bay Region,” Ryan said.  

“With the support of the Moreton Bay Regional Council and Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane, we can change the future for some of these young people, and provide them with the dignity and choice they deserve through the construction of housing to suit their needs.”

Upon completion in late 2019, the integrated development will be fully equipped with state-of-the-art high-care technology and equipment, featuring onsite and around-the-clock care, catering to residents’ individual needs.   

Mayor for Moreton Bay Regional Council Allan Sutherland said the Council was proud to partner with Youngcare and the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane to work as a community towards greater inclusivity through accessible infrastructure.  

“More than 160,000 young Australians call Moreton Bay home, and it’s important not one of them is left behind.

This partnership will ensure young people in our community with high care needs can live with greater independence in accommodation best-suited for them,” Mayor Sutherland said.  

“The Astley Parade site is the perfect location for Youngcare’s newest project with great access to local shops, amenities, medical centres and facilities, and public transport services.”  

Councillor for Division 4 Julie Greer congratulated Youngcare on its efforts to support young Australians.

“Youngcare has done a brilliant job helping to shape the lives of many young Australians, and I’m proud that we’ve been able to work together with Anthony and his team to bring this development to North Lakes,” Cr Greer said.

“As a community, we’re working towards greater inclusivity through accessible infrastructure, services and most recently, the adoption of our Disability Access and Inclusion Plan, and Youngcare’s announcement builds on that progress.”

The Archdiocese of Brisbane has taken a development lease for the Astley Parade site with the Moreton Bay Regional Council.

The Archdiocese, which will fund the design and construction, will purchase the land which will then be leased to Youngcare.  

Assistant Director of Allied Health Leanne Carroll said Metro North Hospital and Health Services has also been working alongside Youngcare to identify people aged 18–65 who are in need of accessible housing and full-time care.  
 
“There is a significant demand for supported housing in the region, and we are working with Youngcare to identify the development’s first residents,” Carroll said.  

Youngcare invites those aged 18–65 with high physical care needs to express their interest by calling the Youngcare Connect Team on 1800 844 727.  

For more information about Youngcare’s upcoming developments, visit www.youngcare.com.au    

About Youngcare

Youngcare is a not-for-profit organisation spearheading powerful and positive change to create a future where every young person has the freedom and choice to live the lives we all deserve.

For more than 13 years, Youngcare has been tackling a national issue — there are simply too many young people with high care needs being left behind in inappropriate and unacceptable housing.

Youngcare needs your support to change the disability housing sector once and for all; giving young people with high care needs the power and ability to choose where and how they live their lives.  

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