Shared supported accommodation officially opened in Frankston
Monday, 3 April, 2017
A new shared supported disability accommodation was officially
opened yesterday in front of local community in Frankston's
Designed, built and managed by Community Housing (Vic) Ltd
(CHVL), the innovative high quality development consists of a 6
bedroom home inclusive of 2 semi-independent units under one roof
line. This architecturally designed home will support 6 people
between the ages of 17- 27 with complex support needs.
Funding of $1.391 million was provided under the Victorian
Government's 'Innovative Accommodation and Support Initiative'
(IASI) to CHVL with Karingal Inc. further securing ongoing
support funding to support those living in this home. The land has
been provided by Frankston City Council on a long term lease.
This project is a result of a collaborative partnership between
CHVL, Frankston Peninsula Carers Inc. (FPC Inc), the Department of
Health and Human Services (DHHS), Frankston City Council (FCC) and
"The organisation has been providing innovative housing options
for those with a disability for over 23 years. We have over 1,800
people living with a disability in our housing across Australia.
CHVL are pleased to be a part of this unique project which will be
a terrific resource for the community. Built to Australian
standards, this development is a latest addition to our long list
of diverse award winning specialised disability projects in
We are motivated by the critical lack of suitable housing for
people with high complex needs and are committed to do more as
there are a large number of people with a disability wanting
suitable accommodation not only in this region but all across
Victoria," says Dennis Clark, Chairperson for CHVL.
Besides CHVL Chair and their management team, the opening was
attended by residents and their families, Federal Member for
Dunkley, Chris Crewther MP, State Member Paul Edbrooke, Mayor of
FCC Cr Brian Cunial, CEO of Karingal Inc Mike McKinstry, Berryl
Gibb from FPC and representatives from their
According to Beryl Gibb from the Frankston Peninsula Carers Inc:
"Our not for profit group supporting parents and carers of
children with a disability, was instrumental in raising awareness
of the shortage of disability housing with Frankston City Council,
and initiating the project by lobbying FCC to provide the
To help develop a sense of "community", an attractive common
area has been developed for the use and benefit of all residents
and their families. This area includes raised garden beds, outdoor
landscaping, seating and a Gazebo.
Frankston City Council Mayor Brian Cunial said "Frankston is a
proudly diverse and inclusive municipality. Supported
accommodation such as this contributes to the social fabric of our
community and ensures individuals and their families have suitable
housing facilities for the long-term."
The opening was marked by congratulating the new residents and
handing over of the personalised keyrings in the presence of their
families. Expected to move in later this month, the residents have
been selected as per Department of Health & Human Services
vacancy management process in collaboration with Karingal
Karingal CEO Mike McKinstry said, "Karingal has a proud history
of supporting people with a disability through affordable 24 hour
supported accommodation, we have helped create opportunities like
this for over 60 years.
"We're committed to delivering the highest level of care and
support for the residents here, and we're excited to be part of
The innovative development includes the following:
- 2 x 1 bed self-contained (bathroom, sitting room and
- 2 x 1 bed with ensuites
- 2 x 1 bed with sitting rooms (staff assisted shared
- Support provider office + sleepover
CHVL will be responsible for the on-going property and tenancy
management while Karingal Inc will provide the ongoing 24 hours
Pictured below: Residents, their families and officials
at the house opening.
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