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Endeavour Foundation CEO David Barbagallo has officially opened two modern and accessible houses for people with a disability in Cairns, as the organisation continues to replace its older accommodation services around Queensland.
The new development at White Rocks is part of Endeavour Foundation's ambitious, self-funded At Home With Choices project to upgrade and redevelop residential accommodation support into contemporary homes with a maximum of four tenants.
Mr Barbagallo said the two five-bedroom houses will accommodate eight people with a disability. Additional bedrooms will be used for support staff.
Endeavour Foundation Executive General Manager – Disability Services Gail Davidson said the new houses would offer a better lifestyle for people with a disability.
"People will have greater choice about where they live and who they live with and greater opportunities for independent living skill development within a supportive environment," Ms Davidson said.
Mr Barbagallo said the new houses in White Rocks were universally accessible and equipped with five kilowatt solar power systems to reduce costs and carbon emissions. "Assistive living technologies will also promote greater independence for residents and a safe living environment," he said.
"Including the land purchase, construction and furnishings, these two houses represent a $1.1 million commitment in the region by Endeavour Foundation. While earlier this year we opened a Cairns house that was built with joint state and commonwealth funding through the Disability Assistance Project, we are very proud that the houses we are opening today are being built with our own funds.
"This year we expect to spend around $8 million on building and refurbishing houses and services," said Mr Barbagallo.
Ongoing support funding for residents in the new White Rocks houses will be provided by the Queensland Government.
Endeavour Foundation is an independent not-for-profit organisation providing support to people with a disability in more than 3,700 placements from 230 locations throughout Queensland and in Sydney. These include accommodation, education, training, vocational and lifestyle opportunities.