Led by the HOME Research Hub, with partners including GenU, the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) and Vision Australia, the Accessible and Inclusive Geelong Project envisions a city designed so that it can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people, regardless of their age, size, ability or disability. HOME’s research will include an economic evaluation to inform recommendations for the best returns on investment.
The HOME Research Hub will determine the viability of an affordable small houses model to accommodate low-income retirees and/or others with limited income and wealth. Funded by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, this project examines regulatory barriers, environmental design performance and financial modelling. HOME will consult with regulatory and end-user stakeholders to clarify barriers relating to financing, planning, regulation and building.
This project had its genesis with a group of parent-carers of adults with intellectual disabilities. As the parents age, the group is concerned that their adult offspring will be forced to move out of the area, severing their essential social, economic and other support networks, or may be obliged to enter inappropriate care settings (such as residential aged care). The HOME team is collaborating with the Consumer Policy Research Centre to support these families directly, through advice and knowledge transfer, while deriving important policy and place-making lessons that can be applied by other groups also looking to create alternative housing solutions.