CHARLESTOWN has become a "one-stop shop" for the 14,000 people living with disabilities in the Hunter region.
The change is driven by the introduction of the federal government's national disability insurance scheme DisabilityCare, which Hunter was chosen to pilot.
Life Without Barriers and Ability Options are among the services welcomed to the suburb.
The organisations, along with the Hunter DisabilityCare head office, are all situated within 100 metres of each other, and have filled empty shops in Hilltop Plaza and on the Pacific Highway.
Through DisabilityCare, funding for disability services is set to rise from $2 billion to $6 billion.
In addition, Charlestown state MP Andrew Cornwell said these new services would boost Charlestown's employment rates.
Lake Macquarie councillor Kay Fraser said developing a hub for disability services in Charlestown was a logical move.
"The scheme has been the catalyst for all these centres to open," Cr Fraser said."It just made sense.
"If someone needs to go to the head office, they can then go and use any one of these new services."
A NSW organisation has expanded to the Hunter region to extend its disability services to another 3000 people.
Established in 1976, Ability Options supports people living with disabilities by delivering employment, training, recreation and accommodation.
Newly-appointed state Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka last week opened Ability Options' new office in Charlestown, servicing clients from the Central Coast to the Queensland border.
Ability Options is a registered provider of the national disability insurance scheme and Medicare Better Access Initiative.
Through these programs, it will offer its clients free access to psychologists and counsellors, and life-planning sessions.
Ability Options chief executive Fred Van Steel said the new office promised choice and understanding.
"Our philosophy is to put our clients at the centre of decision-making, and allow them maximum choice and control around the services they require and how they are delivered," Mr Van Steel said.
"Our self-management program, which already has almost 300 clients throughout NSW, has also given us the understanding needed to deliver individualised solutions for clients that really work."
MORE than 100 foster children and disabled people from the Hunter region in Life Without Barriers' care now have somewhere new to go for help.
In August, Life Without Barriers opened the doors at its new office in Hilltop Plaza, Charlestown.
The office's two main projects are out-of-home care for foster children and disability services.
The move was a strategic one that followed the opening of DisabilityCare in the plaza, which was unveiled only weeks prior.
The new office in the plaza is adjacent to DisabilityCare and faces Charlestown Road.
Life Without Barriers Hunter and Central Coast manager Barbara Dow played a key part in making the decision to move to Charlestown.
"We think it's going to be great," she said.
"It's a central area that has a lot of other government agencies."
Ms Dow will oversee the office's progress over the coming months.