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The Family accommodation initiative transplant housing (FAITH) program was established in 2006 by Kidney Health Australia and Foundation Housing Western Australia (WA), with LotteryWest grant assistance. The FAITH program provides furnished accommodation for families who need to travel to Perth for living kidney transplants, as well as deceased donation and dialysis education. It provides rural families with lengthy stays accommodation options which would be otherwise unaffordable. The program has also assisted families from Victoria and Queensland to participate in kidney transplants in WA, and is currently working towards providing FAITH accommodation in all Australian states.
Two government schemes are available to assist with accommodation costs if eligible:
The project was awarded the Australian Housing Institute's Excellence in Delivering Support Solutions Award, which recognised the contribution social housing of this type makes to strengthening communities and improving the quality of people's lives.
Abstract adapted from Kidney Health Australia
Kidney Health Australia
Level 3, 322 Hay Street
Subiaco WA 6008
GPO Box 9993
Perth WA 6001
Ph: (08) 9381 9311
Fax: (08) 9381 7911