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In what is a significant and exciting two-year project for YourPlace Housing, we are undertaking major development work across eight sites in the greater Adelaide area.
These areas were chosen based on our understanding of future demand and their location to services and amenities.
As a housing provider to people with disability, it’s vital we lead the way with housing designs that meet the needs of our tenants. For this reason, the minimum standard for all properties retained by YourPlace as part of this program is “Improved Liveability” under the Specialist Disability Accommodation guidelines.
These dwellings have additional accessibility features over and above standard new builds and will meet Liveable Housing Australia Silver specifications. In addition, three of our new properties will be built to a higher standard – two will be fully accessible for people who use wheelchairs, and another will be suited to people who require very high levels of support and specialised equipment.
Most of the dwellings will contain two bedrooms, with either two bathrooms or one bathroom and two toilets, a design that matches the profile of people on the housing register. We expect that the houses will be suited for both couples and singles with up to one child.
All properties will be built to a six-star energy efficiency rating, with some even meeting a higher standard. We will also look to include additional energy saving options, such as solar panels, where our budget allows.
Construction for the first site in Elizabeth North will commence in late 2022 to early 2023, with these properties to be completed in the latter half of 2023. The full construction program will take around two years, with most sites starting in the 2023 calendar year.
Whilst the construction of new buildings is an exciting prospect for YourPlace Housing and in the long term will benefit tenants moving into the new houses on completion, for some of our tenants, living in houses that are being sold or redeveloped it has been a different story.
Moving house is one of the most stressful things you can do in your life. You literally turn everything upside down and it takes up weeks of your life. It can also be one of the best things you can do. It’s exciting and an adventure. One such tenant Rose found it both stressful and liberating. She shares her story.
Whilst we have successfully relocated 14 tenants there is still more work to do. The team at YourPlace will continue to work hard on behalf of our tenants to ensure that their ‘moving experience’ is similar to that of Rose.
My Experience of Moving – By Rose:
Firstly, it’s relevant to note that I had been living in my house since 1988, the property having been purchased on behalf of a new (at that time) housing cooperative to which I belonged and was a founding member. The house I had lived in for 34 years is on a large corner block and was in a poor state of repair. When I first learned that I was to be rehoused under YourPlace Housing’s Development Program I was both relieved and daunted. Relieved because my house was very run down, and a maintenance nightmare, and daunted because moving house is up there with job loss and divorce as a major life stressor.
Moving house is something no-one exactly enjoys, although it provides a perfect opportunity for decluttering. With the help and guidance of Deb and Justin, I was able to maintain focus on my own responsibilities in the move, and they would take care of the rest. So, when a property became available, one which was only a few kilometres from my then-home, a date for moving was arranged, along with a removalist, and a skip for the removal of rubbish.
One feature of the program is that, where possible, improvements/features added by the tenant to the original property which are not present on or in the new property may be provided from the funding available. For instance, having installed blinds on the windows of my original property, similar blinds were then installed in the new property.
From the you-have-to-move-out-of-your-house phone call from Justin to moving to my new property took just 11 weeks and 2 days. Moving day was stressful but is now a distant and blurred memory. My new house is in a quiet neighbourhood and has a garden which is just the right size for me to manage and enjoy. Better still, the house already feels like home.