Friday, March 17, 2017

2,200 "new" dwellings from the Social and Affordable Housing Fund

Last week the NSW Government announced the first new projects to be delivered by the Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF). This follows a lengthy process after a short-list was announced just under a year ago.

Details of 2,200 new social and affordable housing dwellings have been announced as follows:
  • BaptistCare NSW & ACT – 375 homes for older people in housing stress and at risk of homelessness and 125 homes for single parent families with a focus on women impacted by domestic violence (@ 70% social housing, 30% affordable housing)
  • Compass Housing Services Co Ltd – 600 homes for tenants that are close to support services and infrastructure (@ 81% social housing, 19% affordable housing)
  • SGCH Sustainability Limited – 300 homes for tenants with tailored support coordination services and quality dwellings close to services and infrastructure (@ 70% social housing, 30% affordable housing)
  • St Vincent de Paul Housing – 500 homes to general and older aged tenants (@ 71% social housing, 29% affordable housing)
  • Uniting – 300 homes for people aged over 55 without children at home (@ 70% social housing, 30% affordable housing)
The projects include a number of regional sites but the announcement provides no clear insight into exactly who will be building what, and in which region. However an infographic provided with the Premier's press release (see below) gives some indication of where the projects will be located:
  • 696 dwellings in Hunter New England
  • 369 dwellings in Nepean Blue Mountains
  • 327 dwellings in South Western Sydney
  • 288 dwellings in Northern Sydney, Sydney and South Eastern Sydney
  • 84 dwellings in Western NSW, Murrumbidgee and the Far West
  • 80 dwellings in Northern NSW and the Mid North Coast
  • 63 dwellings in Southern NSW and Illawarra Shoalhaven
  • (Note - that doesn't quite add up to 2,200, there are 294 dwellings missing. But the infographic says St Vincent de Paul and St George Community Housing are finishing 294 sites across NSW. Does this mean the SAHF is also funding projects that were already under construction?)

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