YellowBridge with Hand Heart Pocket

Efforts to ensure more people with disabilities have access to appropriate housing on the Darling Downs have been fast-tracked, thanks to a generous donation from a Masonic charity to YellowBridge QLD.

The $450,000 donation from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland will enable the construction of a purpose-built three-bedroom unit in Toowoomba, which will accommodate two people with disabilities and a carer.

The unit is one of four fully customised units being built by Enabled Living, which will meet individual needs, include assistive technology, and help empower residents to lead more independent lives.

YellowBridge QLD Chief Executive Officer Penny Hamilton said the donation couldn’t have come at a better time.

“We are in the midst of a disability housing crisis on the Darling Downs, where people with disabilities, especially those whose ageing parents can no longer look after them, have no-where to go,” Penny said.

“We know of 40 people in this position. While many have the means to buy or rent their own place, there is simply no suitable housing for them in the region,” she said.

“A few will never have the means to pay for a place to live.”

“Having access to appropriate housing is an important part of the equation for improving the overall quality of life of people with disabilities, so we are very grateful for this support.”

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark, said the local Freemasons were vocal supporters of YellowBridge QLD, due to its proven record of supporting more than 4,000 people to lead more meaningful and connected lives each year.

“Our purpose is to provide sustainable support that delivers positive outcomes; to provide a hand up to communities, charities and individuals that have limited access to other funding sources,” Mr Mark said.

“Alleviating the stress on ageing parents who care for their disabled children – through the provision of innovative purpose-built housing – aligns with our values of equipping people to lead better lives,” he said.

“We are delighted to partner with YellowBridge QLD on this important initiative and know it will be a catalyst for changing the landscape of disability housing in the region.”

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