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Accelerating the delivery of more than 1,400 social housing properties across NSW

LAHC development in Blackett
A recently completed social housing project in Blackett, Western Sydney

Thousands of new jobs and social housing properties will be created through the NSW Government’s economic recovery strategy with an additional $183 million dedicated to fast track more than 1,400 new homes.

The social housing package will not only provide vital new homes for people, it will also create more than 1,100 direct and indirect jobs, and support an extra 990 households through rent assistance, including in areas that have been hit hardest by the pandemic in Sydney’s west and regional communities.

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The investment will be delivered across three NSW Government agencies:

Artist's impression of Telopea Precinct, LAHC’s urban renewal project in partnership with Frasers Property Australia and Hume Community Housing

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.

LAHC development Wagga Wagga
Recently completed LAHC social housing property in Wagga Wagga

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.

Artist impression LAHC project Seven Hills
Artist’s impression of LAHC’s proposed studio apartment project, Seven Hills

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.

ACHIF Funding

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.