GROWING THE SOUTH-WEST | Building starts on new social housing

NEW HOUSING: The Merrylands project, part of 92 new social-housing units in the Government’s state-wide plan for 3400 homes for people who need them most.
NEW HOUSING: The Merrylands project, part of 92 new social-housing units in the Government’s state-wide plan for 3400 homes for people who need them most.

Construction of 92 new social- and affordable-housing units is set for Western Sydney as part of the Government’s state-wide push to deliver up to 3400 homes for people who need them most.

NEW SOCIAL HOUSING: Pru Goward (inset) has announced building at Merrylands (map) and Westmead (above). Portrait: Louise Kennerley. Aerial, map: Google

NEW SOCIAL HOUSING: Pru Goward (inset) has announced building at Merrylands (map) and Westmead (above). Portrait: Louise Kennerley. Aerial, map: Google

Social Housing Minister Pru Goward said the developments at Merrylands and Westmead would give a vital boost to local housing supply and get vulnerable people off the social-housing waiting list and into stable homes..

“Western Sydney will be a hotbed of development this year as work begins on more and better housing for people struggling in the private market or on the social-housing waitlist,” she said. “We’re working on stations, bus stops, shops, schools and services so people can be involved, not isolated.”

The 78-unit Merrylands site is being delivered by St Vincent de Paul.

When the units are service-ready, the accommodation provision, along with co-ordinated access to support services for households, will be funded by the Government under $1.1bn Social and Affordable Housing Fund.

Ms Goward said the SAHF model, which links housing with vital supports, showed what could be achieved when Government worked with the community-housing sector. “Our partners at St Vincent de Paul were selected because of their proven track record of housing and helping people in need. By embracing a collaborative approach, the government and its partners are helping people to break the cycle of disadvantage and move towards greater independence.”

St Vincent de Paul Housing chief executive Brian Murnane, said: “St Vincent’s is working with the NSW Government under the SAHF to ensure more social and affordable housing is being offered to people who need it most. We look forward to the continued progress of our housing constructions, providing 500 homes across Sydney and regional NSW.”

The service package tenants receive through the SAHF will include access to accommodation, asset and tenancy-management services and links to supports like training, education opportunities and medical services.

The SAHF is a key initiative of Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW, the NSW Government’s 10-year plan for social housing.

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