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Our History

Our History

From its inception, The Housing Connection (THC) has been innovative and person centred, seeking to push the boundaries of what is possible in terms of independent and valued lives for individuals with intellectual disabilities and challenging the status quo when social institutions are restrictive.
THC was incorporated as a not-for-profit association in October 1986. This new organisation was formed from the merger of two groups - the Lower North Shore Disabled Persons Action Group (which commenced work in 1981) and PARIS (a sub-committee of Action for citizens with Disability). Parents involved in the Action Group were concerned that institutional care was – at that time – the only option for their loved ones and PARIS identified the need for community based accommodation support to enable individuals to develop the skills to secure and maintain their own homes. These founders were determined to create a new model of support and envisaged a life in which their family members could live valued, rewarding lives in the community and develop their skills to their maximum potential. It was determined that support would meet the needs of the individual, rather than the individual needing to 'fit' into a program.
Their far-sighted actions preceded government policy towards de-institutionalisation and contemporary social policy has only recently caught up with their vision.

Today we
Continue to offer a broad range of person centred planning and support to people to enable them to enjoy quality lifestyles and full participation and in the economic, social and cultural life of their communities. Some parents who were involved it its inception continue to be involved in the life of THC.

We now provide individualised support to 63 people ranging from occasional assistance to 24 hour in-home support. We offer living and work skills training, social support and help individuals develop meaningful circles of support in their community.

The future is very bright for The Housing Connection. As we have always provided person centred support we have been very well placed to benefit from changes in policy at both the State and Federal level. As people with disability are increasingly offered choice, more and more are deciding to come to THC. We are well placed to support more people when the National Disability Insurance Scheme is fully implemented.