New South Wales's social housing set to surge

New South Wales's social housing set to surge
Staff reporterDecember 7, 2020

More than 1,000 homes have now been completed under the NSW Government’s innovative Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF).

Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward said another 2,500 new homes are in the program’s pipeline, with about half already under construction.

“This program is all about collaborating with the community housing sector to deliver projects that support vulnerable people, particularly those at risk of homelessness,” Mr Ward said.

“About half of the homes completed so far are dedicated to people over 55 years of age, because they are a growing vulnerable cohort that require additional support.

The Government is delivering the $1.1 billion SAHF in collaboration with community housing providers. Residents who move into the properties receive a service package that includes access to services and support tailored to their individual needs.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said the Land and Housing Corporation was complementing the SAHF with the largest renewal of social housing in Australia.

“We’re not just putting keys in doors; we’re delivering new, integrated communities. This investment will breathe new life into local economies to reenergise social housing and create vibrant communities, not just buildings.”

SGCH Group CEO Scott Langford said SGCH is delivering more than 500 properties under the SAHF and recently completed a 49-unit development in Liverpool.

“We are steadily delivering over 500 new homes under the SAHF, drawing on the strength of our partnerships with government, financiers and support providers,” Mr Langford said.

“Together, we are providing residents the stability of a safe, affordable home linked with supports, this combination serves as a springboard to opportunity.”

The SAHF is a key initiative of Future Directions of Social Housing in NSW building more and better housing that blends-in with local communities.

Photo above: Social houses in Parramatta, Sydney/ Getty.

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