Choice in Community Living

Choice in Community Living is an alternative to residential services for people with significant disabilities. It offers more choice and control over where they live, who they live with and how they are supported.

Choice in Community Living is part of the New Model for Supporting Disabled People demonstration. It is available in Auckland, Waikato, the Hutt, Otago and Southland regions.

Who is eligible for Choice in Community Living?

Choice in Community Living is for people living in these regions who either:

  • live in a residential service and who want to leave and live independently in a home they can purchase or rent
  • live in their parent’s or family home with disability support needs similar to people in residential services, and who want to live independently in a home they can purchase or rent
  • live in an unsustainable living arrangement with disability support needs that would require a referral to a residential service, which is not what the person or their family wants.

People must be eligible for disability support services funded by the Ministry of Health before they can access Choice in Community Living.

How does it work?

The local Needs Assessment Service Coordination (NASC) organisations listed below have experienced staff who can help people and families decide whether Choice in Community Living would be a good option for them, as an alternative to residential services. They can provide advice on what funding is available to achieve this.

Who do you contact?

More information about Choice in Community Living can be obtained from:

Taikura NASC (Auckland)
Phone: 0800 824 5872
Email: info@taikura.org.nz

DSL NASC (Waikato)
Phone: 0800 55 33 99
Email: dsloffice@waikatodhb.health.nz

Life Unlimited NASC (Hutt)
Phone: 0800 008 011
Email: info@lifeunlimited.net.nz

Access Ability NASC (Otago/Southland)
Phone: 0800 758 700
Email: otago@accessability.org.nz

More information

Read more about the people who have started using the Ministry of Health’s New Model for Supporting Disabled People in the New Model People Stories section.

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