We are excited to share that our Disability House in McKellar has been announced as a finalist in Specialised Housing Category at the ACT/Southern NSW HIA Awards.
Homes such as McKellar House allow those with a disability to contribute to their society by creating avenues for independence. The property also creates jobs within our organisation and other community groups associated with the project.
Our hope was that the house would allow residents to foster independence and provide a safe alternative for those with a disability to have a home that is not an aged care facility.
McKellar House is a specialised disability group home, it includes an on-site manager and a support program to assist residents with day-to-day activities such as groceries, cleaning, gardening, catching public transport and caring for themselves and those around them.
Our rental portfolio includes a number of other innovative Group Home properties. Designed, developed and built by CHC, Group Homes offer shared accommodation to tenants who benefit from living in a group facility. This includes multi-generational family living arrangements, disability housing, apprenticeship homes and elderly residents who require additional care and support.
On Friday 18 August, we celebrated with recipients of the inaugural Ken Horsham Scholarship at an awards ceremony held at the ACT Legislative Assembly. The Scholarship provides funding for the pursuit of education.
CHC was joined by the honorable Suzanne Orr MLA and Mary Horsham, wife of the late Ken Horsham, in presenting the certificates.
The Ken Horsham Education Scholarship was an overwhelming success in its first year. Originally planned for two beneficiaries – upon receiving over 30 outstanding applications CHC selected ten deserving recipients.
Rachel from Crace was one of the recipients chosen for her eagerness to help others in the mental health field. Currently she is enrolled in a Diploma of Mental Health at the Canberra Institute of Technology, with hopes of furthering her education to a Bachelor of Nursing.
Another recipient, Samuel from Forde, is a CHC Apprentice House resident. As well as providing access to lower-cost accommodation while he completes his trade; this scholarship will help fund a new computer to fulfil his dreams of continuing his studies to a tertiary level as an electrical engineer.
CHC would further like to recognise Canary and Qais from Forde, Matthew from O’Connor, Amber from Macquarie, Briony from Bonner, Jessie from Lyons and Alexis, Gift and Jardene from Crace as our other recipients.
CHC has made it our goal to award the scholarship annually. During the presentation CEO Paul Kane said “our aim in launching this scholarship program is to encourage and support those within our tenancy community who wish to further themselves through study, this year and importantly each year after”.
Suzanne Orr MLA concluded the event by saying “I am sure each of you will make great use of this assistance provided to achieve your goals”.
CHC would like to wish the beneficiaries well with their studies.