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Partnership key to delivering new homes for people in need

Around 70 people will get the keys to their new home as construction concludes on 34 new social and affordable homes in Corrimal.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said the $22 million mixed tenure housing project was delivered in partnership between the NSW Government, Traders In Purple and Housing Trust.

“By partnering with the private sector and Community Housing Providers (CHP) we are able to fast track projects to keep up with the demand for housing in NSW,” Mrs Pavey said.

“Given the rental challenges in Wollongong, and across the state, it will provide up to 70 people with a place to call home.”

Mrs Pavey said of the 34 high-quality dwellings delivered through this project, 21 are one and two bedroom apartments and two are four bedroom townhouses.

Seven dwellings have been allocated for social housing and the remainder will be used for affordable housing, managed by Housing Trust.

“This is just one of hundreds of social housing projects across the state. The NSW Government can’t do it alone, we need to work with the private sector, community housing providers and different levels of government in order to keep pace with the growing need for social and affordable housing,” Mrs Pavey said

Housing Trust CEO Michele Adair said this is a big win for the Illawarra with the first tenants to move into their new home next week.

“The affordable homes were also built to house nurses, teachers, police and emergency services personnel and aged and child care workers – all at the frontline during the COVID crisis,” Mrs Adair said.

“Housing Trust is already working on the next development in our pipeline to achieve our vision of a decent home for everyone.

“We know that in the next 20 years, at least one in every five new residential properties in the Illawarra will need to be affordable rental housing just to meet new demand. When more people have a safe and affordable place to live the whole community benefits.”

Read more about the NSW Land and Housing Corporation's Corrimal project