Identitywa commence new year with opening of new accommodation

03 Feb 2022

By Amanda Murthy

Identitywa Christmas and new housing
Ed Mayvis and Jodee Ninette at the 2021 Christmas Mass on 15 December 2021. Identitywa officially opened two new homes to meet the clients they service on 20 January 2022. Photo: Supplied.

The Identitywa community last December gathered for their annual Christmas Mass for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
“Christmas is a special time for us to take time and reflect on the past and the future. It is always a great feeling to see our community come together for our Mass. Participants and families love to meet, reconnect and being with each other,” said Identitywa Chief Executive Officer Marina Re.

‘’Our goals in 2022 include the development of strategies on how to best deal with the pandemic and oversee the constructions of several homes for our clients.”

On Tuesday, 20 January, Identitywa officially opened two new homes to meet the needs of the clients they serve.

Minister for Disability Services; Small Business; Fisheries, Seniors and Ageing Hon Don Punch MLA said the ‘’availability of SDA across Western Australia is key to ensuring eligible people with disability can exercise choice and control when accessing their housing entitlements under the NDIS.”

Identitywa gathered for their first Christmas Mass and year end party since 2019. Photo: Supplied.

“Projects such as these two state-of-the-art Identitywa SDA houses in Cloverdale are an excellent example of how providers are driving the development of new SDA housing and helping to grow the pool of properties across the state.

“Congratulations to Identitywa on your leadership building innovative housing that supports people with disability with complex needs to live their best lives,” Minister Punch said.

As one of WA’s leading disability support agencies, there has been a significant commitment by Identitywa to increasing housing opportunities for people with disability. This will be realised with further developments over the next three years.

“Our collaboration with Geared ConstructionHalton Design, and Proven PM has resulted in these two outstanding, high-quality houses, which will meet the individual needs of the young men calling them home,” said Identitywa Board Chair, Graeme Mander.

Identitywa gathered for their first Christmas Mass and year end party since 2019. Photo: Supplied.

“They include large living spaces, well connected outdoor areas, alfresco space, and water-wise garden areas, to name a few features.

“I would like to thank Minister Punch for making himself available to open the homes and also take this opportunity to thank all the people dedicated to this project enabling such a successful outcome,” said Mr Mander.

“Working together with the new housemates and their families, we are very pleased to offer these homes which will provide both an attractive and comfortable living environment.”

Identitywa John holds a box of cookies, made in honour of International Day of People with Disability on Saturday, 3 December. Photo: Supplied.

Family member Annabel Mazella, said her family is delighted her brother, Sandro, will be able to enjoy the fun of moving into a new house and have a place he can call his own for many years to come, thanks to the house’s liveable design.

“We appreciate all the efforts by those involved to make sure Sandro and his housemates are ready for the change, to personalise the room layouts and colour schemes, and show us around the building site during construction,” said Annabel.