Scot MacDonald
12th Sep 2017

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward announced today that the Government had now committed to a target of 3400 new social and affordable dwellings through the Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF), following 2200 announced in March.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC welcomed the announcement and said there will now be the opportunity for more social and affordable housing in the Hunter and hoped that local providers would look for opportunities to participate.

“This second phase of the SAHF will deliver more high-quality homes to those who need them most in the Hunter” Mr MacDonald said.

The first phase delivered 695 homes in the Hunter New England District. Uniting (NSW ACT), St Vincent de Paul, Compass Housing Services Co Limited, St George Community Housing and BaptistCare were the statewide service providers.

“It will also provide tailored support coordination to ensure residents are close to transport, schools, jobs and other essential services so they can be involved in their communities and live more independent lives.

“I encourage community housing providers, not for profit organisations, and commercial organisations in the Hunter to look for opportunities to participate in the second phase of the SAHF.”

Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward said that an innovative approach was needed to address the number of people experiencing crisis or housing stress.

“By embracing innovative and collaborative approaches by the non-government and private sectors to provide holistic housing services, we are helping people break the cycle of disadvantage and work towards greater independence,” Ms Goward said.

The service packages include access to accommodation, asset and tenancy management services, and links to support services.

The NSW Government established the $1.1 billion Social and Affordable Housing Fund using seed capital invested in the Government’s investment arm, NSW Treasury Corporation.

Tenants began moving into houses funded by phase one in May this year.

The Government will begin market sounding to engage with community housing providers, not for profit and commercial organisations in October.  

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