Regions to get 1000 social housing homes

THE State Government says it will spend almost a third of its $1.1 billion social housing fund on building 1000 new homes in regional New South Wales.

The public housing reform will lead to 3000 new homes being built across the state over the coming decade, with 30% promised for non-metropolitan areas.

Now it is up to communities to band together to get the housing developments they want and need.

“People who want to participate have to get together as a consortium,” a Housing NSW spokeswoman said. “It would be a range of people, from community housing providers who have the skills to manage and look after social housing, all the way through to landholders, community groups and faith groups.

“Local governments will obviously play a role.”

The aim is to name one successful consortium to roll out projects across a wide region.

A consortium could be spread over several local government areas or state electorates.

Housing projects in metropolitan areas will need to encompass at least 500 dwellings. For regional areas the lower limit is 200.

New large-scale builds will need to be made up of 70% private renters and 30% public housing tenants to avoid them becoming slums.

Government assessors will be looking at other criteria when choosing winning applicants, such as child care and education provisions.

Applicants have until March 15 to register their interest in the scheme.

– APN NEWSDESK



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