A dozen families have received the keys to their brand new homes in Wallsend, after the construction of two social and affordable housing complexes developed by Compass Housing under the NSW Government’s $1.1 billion Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF).
Compass Housing’s Lyndall Robertshaw took Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services, Gareth Ward and Member for Wallsend Sonia Hornery to visit a completed project in the Newcastle suburb of Wallsend to meet a resident of one of the new homes.
Darren Green, a single dad, is one of the new tenants who has received his keys and has moved in. The new home has space for his teenage son to stay.
”I’m incredibly grateful for the support I’ve received from Compass and am proud to call this place home,” Darren said.
In total, Compass Housing is constructing almost 500 new properties across the Hunter and Central Coast under the SAHF program. Thirty-four of those homes will be located in Wallsend.
Ms Robertshaw said Compass is extremely proud to be involved with the Social and Affordable Housing Fund initiative.
She said a lack of affordable housing options for low to moderate income people is a serious problem right across the country.
“The NSW Government is really leading the charge when it comes to new and innovative ways to deliver more social and affordable housing,” Ms Robertshaw said.
She said one of the most exciting things about SAHF is that it includes a tailored support coordination service to help tenants maximise their economic and social participation.”
“We’ve always said that community housing is about more than just providing homes, it’s also about creating empowered tenants and sustainable communities.”
Mr Ward said the NSW Government has the largest social housing building program of any State or Territory in nation.
“This project is an excellent example of the work the NSW Government is doing to boost the supply of social and affordable housing in the Hunter,” Mr Ward said.
“A strong pipeline of new homes is helping reduce housing stress and is supporting some of the most vulnerable people in the community.
“It’s wonderful to see these modern new homes and it’s even more exciting to meet the people and hear the stories of people getting a fresh start.”
SAHF is a key initiative of Future Directions of Social Housing in NSW, the NSW Government’s plan to deliver more and better social housing across the state and is on track to deliver more than 3,400 homes, with close to 2,800 properties completed or under construction.