Lord Mayor Graham Quirk today officially opened a new residential development in Mitchelton which will provide much-needed housing for up to 20 young people living with a disability.
Cr Quirk said the project provided six new residences to allow people with a disability to live independently of their families, without being isolated from their community.
“In 2014, the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust donated $250,000 to FoundationH to help build these residences and fill a gap that exists for those living with a disability,” Cr Quirk said.
“As Lord Mayor of Brisbane I am committed to ensuring our suburbs are inclusive and accessible for people of all ages and abilities and I am pleased to have been able to support this project through the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust.
“The opening of this project is a testament to the hard work that charities bring to the Brisbane community to improve the lives of those in need and I thank FoundationH for their commitment to delivering something that many take for granted.”
Managing Director of Help Enterprises Kerry Browne said the Mitchelton Housing Project was the realisation of FoundationH’s goal to bring disability housing to communities where they are needed most.
“Residents will be able to live in purpose-built, suburban accommodation with en-suite rooms and a live-in carer if required, giving family’s peace-of-mind and young people living with a disability a home they can call their own,” Mr Browne said.
“The work FoundationH is doing is critical to how we approach caring for people with disabilities as a society, both now and into the future.
“FoundationH, through HELP Enterprises, has a long and proud history with this location and the community in Mitchelton, where it continues to offer disability support services.”
Cr Quirk said the project will not only provide housing for people with a disability but a much greater opportunity for them to participate fully in their local community.
“More than three quarters of the site has been retained by HELP Enterprises to facilitate the education of people with special needs in independent living, provide hospitality and horticultural training as well as work experience”
FoundationH is the charitable arm of the social enterprise organisation, HELP Enterprises. HELP Enterprises runs commercial businesses that employ people with disabilities, allowing them to earn wages and contribute to society.
FoundationH completes this circle of support for people living with disabilities by building homes and support centres for people who need extra care.