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Jennifer’s Journey with SDA: Finding Freedom and Support with Enliven

Published - 01/15/2024
Author - Enliven Housing

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Jennifer’s journey with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) spans nearly four decades, starting when she was just 27 years old. Now in her 60s, she reflects on her experiences and how finding the right accommodation has made a difference in her life.

“I realised I was living in an area that wasn’t suitable for me—too many hills, too many steps, too many steep ramps, no handrails—completely unsuitable for somebody like me” she shared.

This realisation prompted Jennifer to search for a more suitable living arrangement. Her search led her to Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA), a concept she hadn’t even known existed until then. Jennifer wanted to keep her independence and saw with SDA housing she could do that.

“I definitely wanted to live alone,” she explained. “Enliven understood that. I’ve lived alone for many years and I’m happy that way.”

For Jennifer, the freedom to make her own decisions is invaluable. “I can make choices that suit me and not somebody else,” she says.

This key factor drew Jennifer to Enliven’ unique housing model. Enliven understands the value and importance of including tenants in the decision-making process and operates on a ‘friendly landlord model.’  

Enliven prioritises tenant needs, fosters skill development, and considers the support required by people with disabilities. From the eligibility assessment to the day you get your keys, Enliven works with tenants every step of way. 

“They understand that this is my place now,” Jennifer explains. “They did everything they could to make it as easy as possible—moving in, becoming familiar with the support hub, and the support workers who are on hand to assist.”

Reflecting on her experience with Enliven, Jennifer speaks glowingly. “My entire experience with Enliven has been positive,” she shares. “Everything about Enliven has suited me very well.”

From the people to the support systems in place, Jennifer has found a home that accommodates her needs and empowers her to live life on her terms.

“I felt like I’d died and gone to heaven,” she admits. “It was just going to be so marvellous and just what I needed.”

If you or someone you know is looking for Specialist Disability Accommodation, contact Enliven Housing below and one of SDA specialists will reach out to assist you as soon as possible.


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