Jean and Stephen’s SIL House Experience

Jean and Stephen live in an Afford Supported Independent Living (SIL) house

Jean and Stephen first met in high school and quickly became good friends. Since then, they have become friends for life.

Jean and Stephen now live in the same Afford SIL house. They feel like the luckiest people in the world.

“It’s really good, living together is awesome and it’s the best thing I’ve ever had.”

What it means to live in a SIL house

Living in their SIL house, Jean and Stephen have a perfect balance of friendship, independence, hobbies and support.

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Enjoying friendships

Jean and Stephen get to spend more time together and enjoy each other’s company in their SIL house. They also enjoy having friends over and meeting new friends in the community.

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Being independent

Independence means being able to do things for themselves in their SIL house like cooking, gardening, and taking out the bins. It also means making their own decisions.

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Loving hobbies

For Jean and Stephen their SIL house is a safe space to enjoy hobbies. Stephen loves music and Jean likes relaxing after work by watching television and reading horror magazines.

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Having support

In their SIL house Jean and Stephen can have the support they need to live independently and achieve their goals. They have access to a vehicle to take them where they want to go and receive support with medication.

Learn more about Jean and Stephen’s SIL house experience

Watch Jean and Stephen tell their story and learn more about their SIL house experience.

We are one of Australia’s most experienced NDIS SIL providers

Afford is one of Australia’s most experienced Supported Independent Living (SIL) providers. We have been supporting people with disability to find happy, safe and accessible homes for more than 70 years.

Our SIL houses provide support for everyday tasks like cooking, cleaning and personal care, to build your independence. We can provide support staff day and night, seven days a week if you need it. Living in our SIL house can also connect you to new activities, social events and hobbies in your home and your local community.

We will find the right SIL house for you – whether that’s living with just one other person, or more people.

We will work with you to find a house that meets your needs and a home with people who share your interests. We cannot guarantee placement with friends or family.


How can I get funding to live in a SIL house?

Supported Independent Living is a NDIS support package that lets you live with other people with disability, or on your own. If you do not have NDIS SIL funding, we can support you to get funding. Visit the Supported Independent Living page on the NDIS website to learn more about SIL.

The NDIS SIL support package does not include rent and boarding costs. You can pay for these costs with your Disability Support PensionCommonwealth Rent Assistance, or other sources of income you may have.

Can I live with my partner or friend who doesn’t have NDIS funding?

Yes, but not with SIL funding in your plan and this would be different to our SIL homes. What you need to do is secure individualised living options (ILO) funding in your plan. That way you can be supported, but also live with someone who does not require support in your home. Afford partners with providers who have these types of homes. Please contact us to talk about options in your area.  

Can I live with my partner or friend who also has NDIS funding?

Yes. If we have a suitable property that has vacancies, you can come and have a look at it. If you are seeking to live with a partner and share a bedroom the second bedroom can be used as your space too. If we do not have a current vacancy that matches your needs, we could explore a partnership with a specialist disability accommodation (SDA) provider to create an opportunity that might work. We would be happy to discuss these options with you.  

I have friends in another SIL house, can I live with them?

If your friends live in an Afford SIL house and there is a vacancy, we can see if it is the right match for you. We would be happy to work with you to make this choice happen. 

Can I choose who I live with?

Yes. You will meet all the residents in the SIL house that you would like to live in. 

How do you match me with other clients?

We already know our clients, their interests, support needs and preferences. We will spend time with you and ask you lots of questions to get to know you to find a home that is right for you. We will organise a time for you to visit the house that you are interested in and meet the residents. 

Can I live on my own in a SIL house?

Currently Afford does not have any single occupancy properties. But we would happily work with a specialist disability accommodation (SDA) provider to try and make it happen once we understand your needs. If you have a house already, we would be happy to provide you with SIL supports.

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