The Hon. J.E. HANSON (15:18): My question is to the Minister for Human Services. What plans, structures and safeguards has the minister put in place to ensure the 58 residents of Clifford House supported residential facility are assisted into alternate accommodations with minimal stress and disturbance, given the centre's announced closure this week, effective 30 June?
The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK (Minister for Human Services) (15:18): I thank the honourable member for his question. On 1 April 2019, SACARE advised that they would cease provision of supported accommodation services at Clifford House by 30 June 2019. My understanding is that SACARE have informed clients, their families or guardians and supporting agencies. The Department of Human Services is in conversations with SACARE to discuss client needs and facilitation of moves to alternative accommodation.
The Department of Human Services is working closely with service providers and relevant agencies to source appropriate housing options and support clients during the transition. We are aware of this matter. We know that these clients can be particularly vulnerable, and we are assisting in their transition to new accommodation.