Social and affordable housing boost to support the vulnerable

Published: 1 Jun 2017

Released by: The Premier

The second phase of the NSW Government’s Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF) will provide more housing for vulnerable people across the State, Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward announced today.

Ms Berejiklian said market sounding for the second phase of the SAHF would begin in the next financial year.

“The NSW Government established the innovative $1.1 billion Social and Affordable Housing Fund to deliver on our election commitment. This second phase will continue to provide quality dwellings close to social infrastructure as well as essential tailored support services,” Ms Berejiklian said.

First phase providers, announced in March, are working in partnership with Government and non-government organisations, landholders and the private sector to deliver the first 2,200 social and affordable homes within four years.

Ms Goward said the SAHF is part of NSW’s comprehensive strategy to help break the cycle of disadvantage.

“The Fund will continue to provide those on the waiting list and those seeking affordable housing with the homes and links to services they need to work towards greater independence,” she said.

NSW Council of Social Services CEO Tracy Howe said: “NCOSS welcomes the announcement of round two of the SAHF. It provides assurance that the Government has a long-term commitment to this innovative model that seeks to increase social and affordable housing outcomes for the most vulnerable in our community.”

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia Chief Executive Brendan Lyon said: “IPA welcomes the government’s commitment to innovative social housing delivery and looks forward to further discussions on this important program.”

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