Medium Term Accommodation (MTA)
While participants wait to move into long-term housing, the MTA is sponsoring a medium-term housing alternative. MTA financing is included in the NDIS plan’s Core Budget, which means that participants have more flexibility in how they use their money and can use it right away for MTA housing.
MTA works in a similar way to SDA, with the exception that its price cap only applies to the dwelling component. Because there is no set definition for what MTA housing should be, MTA funds can be used to cover or contribute to the cost of any dwelling that participants pick, allowing for innovative solutions to meet their requirements.
• Shares in the home
These are paid either from their own income or, if they live in a shared living arrangement, by claiming the support component through the support provider using the appropriate NDIS support line items, such as 'help with self-care.'
Participants must have a proven long-term housing solution that they are unable to move into to be eligible for MTA financing.
MTA will be considered for participants who require lodging, according to the MTA Operational Guidelines1:
• Before they move into a house and start receiving SIL or support with activities of daily living
• Before their home modifications are ready
• After they leave hospital, rehabilitation, aged care, or a custodial setting and are waiting for disability supports to be ready.
• They are unable to live in their current home due to a breakdown in support services.
Participants who require MTA but do not match typical eligibility criteria have benefited from the flexibility in the application and eligibility for MTA. According to support coordinators, this has been especially effective in Queensland, Victoria, and New South Wales, where hospitals have been able to securely transfer persons with disabilities into MTA housing, freeing up beds for COVID-19’s predicted effects.