There needs to be more affordable and accessible housing for people with disability.
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I am 24 years old and I live with my Mum. I’m at the stage in my life that I want to move out, to be independent, to live my own life, and to have control over my living arrangements.
This is difficult, because I need a place that is wheelchair accessible, a bathroom that is set up so I can use the toilet and shower, and space for overnight support workers. It also has to be somewhere I can afford.
Housing like this is almost impossible to find. The only option in the past has been group homes where residents don’t have control over who they live with, or who the carers are, and even then the waiting lists are years long.
I want to feel like I belong in the community, not live in a place that’s like a mini-institution. I want housing where I can feel safe, be in control and choose my supports, and the people I live with. I want to be able to make the decisions; not be forced to live with people who I don't like or who I am afraid of.
There needs to be more housing options that are affordable and accessible for people with disability to live independent lives. But hardly any housing in the private market is affordable and the Government doesn't require new housing developments to be accessible.
Please help me make a difference by signing my petition.
I’m calling on the political parties to increase the amount of affordable housing, and to require new housing developments to be accessible to people with disability.
There are many challenges people face when trying to live independently, for those with and without disability, but I want the opportunity to face these challenges and to start living my life where and how I want. To choose where I live and who I live with, that is my dream.
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