I want to explore various housing options, including private rental, as well as look to increase my hours of employment in order to give me more flexibility in where I live.
Who am I?
I'm CC. I'm 33 and I currently live at home with my parents. I want to live independently in the community in a house that is wheelchair accessible, affordable and suits my needs.
I love to write and would like to publish my work one day. I enjoy socialising with my friends and family and I'm very much a 'people-person'. I currently work in an after-school care program which I enjoy; I also have experience in administrative and Information Technology related work.
How you can help me to achieve my ambition
In my journey to finding a place I can call home in the long-term, I would like to learn from other people's experiences. This could include useful and practical tips to support me along the way.
I would value a chance to talk one-on-one with a real estate professional around my housing needs. I'd also value advice about the range of options available in regards to accessible and affordable rental options (such as granny flats).
Hi – I’m Pauline and I worked with CC as a supporter of her ambition to explore various housing options. CC and I collaborated on her ambition and realised that this is a BIG TOPIC and seeking a solution can cause a degree of stress – or even fear.
We know that having somewhere to live is a key factor in community participation and connectedness. At the 2015 National Housing Conference in Perth the Social Services Minister, the Hon. Christian Porter MP gave the opening address and pulled no punches on the importance of housing or the scale of the crisis. He acknowledged “Housing is the social enabler which allows individuals and families to be productive and active participants in the community” This is why the Australian Government has committed to improving access to housing options that are affordable under the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020.
We also know that people with disability often experience substantial barriers in finding a place to live, particularly in the private rental market. Young people with a disability should have the same opportunity to grow up, get a job and leave home as other young Australians.
So what are the options?
Housing options include social, community, private rental and home ownership – deciding on which option is suitable is driven by income and what you can afford. CC has a part time job with variable and limited hours and she recognises that her income dictates her options. CC has been very thorough and has developed a budget to look at various options and establish what she can and cannot afford.
Like most young women CC works, enjoys an active social life and wants to be as independent as possible. Being a person who uses a wheelchair, she often encounters obstacles and needs an accessible property to enable her to live independently.
Purpose built, accessible properties are rare. There is often confusion between accessible homes (less than 3 steps for example) to truly accessible homes that have no steps, wide hallways and doorways, power switches that can be reached while sitting and height adjustable benches. Imagine having to navigate your home in a wheelchair and the complications of that scenario! Have a look here to see what features a truly accessible property should include.
To better understand how she can work towards independent living, CC met with a young man who is also a wheelchair-user who recently left the parental home and lives in a fully accessible property. He was able to share with CC the practicalities, issues and emotions of such a journey and has given CC a lot to think about. She is well informed! The practicalities are the easy part; it’s the systemic barriers that are difficult to overcome.
CC is very smart, engaging, constantly thinking, talking to people and will not give up on her quest to live independently! Thanks for sharing your journey with us, CC!