Supporting the future delivery of transformational housing projects across NSW
Under the investment, $50 million will go to LAHC to accelerate the delivery of around 2,800 new homes, including about 1,000 social housing properties across NSW.
Funding will help to realise the future delivery of a number of transformational LAHC projects being planned for Western Sydney and regional areas, including Coffs Harbour and Wagga Wagga, in partnership with the private sector and community housing providers.
These projects will be accelerated by building new properties for tenants to relocate into, acquiring land to complete new future redevelopment sites, and lead-in site readiness works, which will help to deliver more homes.
It will also support ongoing work to unlock new mixed tenure sites and deliver on existing major projects, including the vibrant renewal of the Telopea Precinct, helping LAHC continue to deliver the right types of housing, at the right time, in the right areas.
Delivering new homes for people in need and those facing homelessness
LAHC will also deliver a $30 million program to fund about 80 new small-scale, shovel-ready homes in Western Sydney and regional towns over the next 18 months, including homes that support the NSW Homelessness Strategy.
Areas targeted for new social housing include Seven Hills, South Granville, Revesby and Heckenberg in Western Sydney, as well as Mudgee, Bega, Young and Unanderra in regional NSW.
Other regional projects will see LAHC partner with project home builders and the community housing sector to deliver more homes sooner.
Investment in social housing also supports the NSW Government’s priority to maximise community benefit from government land and property, in addition to addressing the Premier's Priority of reducing homelessness.
Partnering with the community housing sector to deliver more new homes
Under the investment, $50 million will go to the Community Housing Innovation Fund (CHIF) for the delivery of 290 new homes in partnership with Community Housing Providers. This program will be managed by the Department of Communities and Justice.
A further $10 million will also be injected into Rent Choice funding to support an additional 990 households.
Supporting more Aboriginal families
The Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO) will allocate $20 million to construct approximately 45 new culturally appropriate homes for Aboriginal families across NSW.
These homes will be constructed in areas such as the Far Western NSW, Western Sydney, Lake Macquarie, Bega Valley, Gunnedah and Orange.
The construction of these dwellings will support up to 90 new jobs and help Aboriginal communities recover from the pandemic.
A further $20 million will be invested into the Aboriginal Community Housing Investment Fund (ACHIF) over the next two years.
This will include new social and affordable housing to help address homelessness, waitlists as a result of the pandemic, and the overcrowding of many Aboriginal social housing dwellings.
This ACHIF investment will include areas such as the Far West, Bega Valley, the Central Coast, Moree Plains, Snowy Monaro Regional Council area, Wagga Wagga, Lachlan, Liverpool Plains and Hilltops.
The projects were drawn from the recent tender process for ACHIF (round one) as part of the Stimulus program. These allocations may be subject to clarifications once Aboriginal Community Housing Providers have been advised that the funding has been approved by the Government.
Services Our Way
Additional support for vulnerable Aboriginal communities through the AHO’s Services Our Way program will be supported with a further $3.3 million. This will enable the program to service up to 130 additional Aboriginal families, including those who have been most affected by the pandemic.