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New collaboration to give homes to women at risk

Artist impression of LAHC Maroubra development
Artist impression LAHC boarding house in Maroubra, designed specifically to house older women at risk of homelessness

The NSW Government is partnering with housing providers to ensure women at risk of homelessness have a place to call home, as part of the Government’s commitment to supporting families and protecting communities.

Minister for Water, Housing and Property Melinda Pavey said the NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) has identified nine locations across Greater Sydney where women at risk of homelessness is growing.

“LAHC will be building boarding homes specifically designed for women at risk of homelessness in Seven Hills, Camden, Airds, Revesby, Merrylands, Peakhurst, Penrith, and Maroubra,” Mrs Pavey said.

“The NSW Government is taking action to support and protect women and we are proud to partner with the community housing sector to deliver fit-for-purpose places where these vulnerable women can call home.

“Older women are the largest demographic in need of homes, and we as a Government have a responsibility to respond to that growing need. That’s why we are continuing to find solutions to protect people in need.”

LAHC will be working with the Women’s Housing Company (WHC), a community housing provider focused on providing housing for women, throughout the design process.

LAHC Chief Executive Mick Cassel said this will result in the best outcomes for future tenants.

“When we build homes we want to deliver suitable, accessible and quality properties that our residents can feel at home in. Our collaboration with WHC will further strengthen our capacity to do this,” Mr Cassel said.

In addition to the nine boarding houses, LAHC has commenced projects in Seven Hills and St Marys which will deliver more social housing, built specifically for the needs of older women. These two properties will be managed by WHC.

“The Women’s Housing Company welcomes this initiative to deliver new housing for older women and we will work closely on the design and amenity aspects to ensure we deliver lovely and welcoming new homes for this vulnerable community,” WHC Chief Executive Officer Debbie Georgopoulos said.

Read more about how the NSW Government is providing fit for purpose homes for people in need.