NRAS opportunities for aged care providers

ACSA has received funding to facilitate projects under the government’s National Rental Affordability Scheme.

Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) has been given funding from the Federal Government to help aged care organisations develop affordable housing options for older people under the new National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS).

The Rudd Government has allocated $623 million over the next four years to the NRAS and the states have committed to providing over $200 million in cash or in kind.

ACSA has contracted former Villa Maria CEO Roland Naufal to assist with the 12-week ‘partnership facilitation’ role, which commenced in late July.

Mr Naufal has been working with the Brotherhood of St Laurence on affordable housing for older people since the end of last year.

“NRAS is an exciting opportunity for aged care organisations to diversify their service models, funding streams and property portfolios,” ACSA said in its national report.

Under the scheme, the Commonwealth Government will provide $6,000 annually per dwelling for 10 years and the state and territory governments will provide at least $2,000 per dwelling per year.

The scheme’s first round was issued last month and the second round will be issued in October. It is expected that Round 3 will be in March 2009.

Click here for more information about the NRAS or contact Lesley Dredge at the ACSA office on 03 9686 3460 to find out more about the ‘partnership facilitation’ role.

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