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What if I have a disability?

Disability options

The Department of Communities (Communities) offers a range of housing options to help people with disability access appropriate and affordable housing. This includes people with intellectual, physical, sensory or psychiatric impairment.
 
To be eligible, your disability must be permanent or likely to be permanent and impacts on your housing requirements (i.e. building design, proximity to services and/or support needs). You must also meet the income limits for people with disability.
 
People with disability have several housing options. These include:
  • mainstream rental housing
  • home modifications to make housing more accessible
  • purpose-built rental accommodation
  • home loans to purchase, build or modify private homes
  • community housing, where non-profit organisations manage the accommodation for clients with disability
  • bond assistance.

For more information please refer to the Housing options for people with disability or visit your nearest Housing office.


Home modifications

Communities will provide appropriate housing to meet your disability needs. This may include modifying an existing public rental property to improve access e.g. installing ramps, grab rails and/or bathroom renovations.
 
Applicants with a disability will need to provide an occupational therapist assessment report or if you do not have an occupational therapist, Communities will arrange for one to visit you and assess your housing needs.
 
Tenants with a disability can apply for home modifications through their Housing office to improve access around their home. Communities will discuss the modifications with you and/or arrange for an occupational therapist to visit your home to determine what modifications are needed.
 
In some instances, it may not be possible or practical to modify your existing home to meet your needs. If this occurs, Communities will look at other options such as a transfer to a more accessible or appropriately located property, or if necessary, build a purpose-built home to meet your disability needs.

Purpose-built homes

Purpose-built accommodation is primarily constructed for those with physical disabilities. These are referred to as mobility homes. Communities also purpose build for people with other types of disability. Communities may build group homes or cluster unit developments to meet a person's disability and social needs.
 
Purpose-built mobility homes are provided to those applicants and/or tenants for whom Communities is unable to accommodate in existing stock with or without modifications.
 
Some of the design features include level thresholds, wider doorways and passages to allow for wheelchair access, low kitchen bench-tops, large rocker switches and power points set at appropriate heights and accessible bathroom design. 
 
If you wish to discuss what type of housing would best suit your needs please contact your nearest Housing Office​.

Access Home Loan Scheme

The Access Home Loan Scheme is designed to help people with disability buy their own home or modify an existing private home to cater for their needs.
 
People on disability support benefits and their carers in receipt of a pension can apply for this loan. 

For more information, visit the Keystart website​.