24 Jan 2016
NSW is embarking on a new era of social housing with a large scale building program which will generate $22 billion in construction activity in NSW and produce better social outcomes for the community.
Minister for Social Housing Brad Hazzard said the program, ‘Future Directions in NSW Social Housing,’ was a ten year reform that will deliver more housing, better opportunities for independence and better services for vulnerable households.
The program includes new partnership between the private and non-government sectors to deliver more homes at a minimal cost to taxpayers and ensures better outcomes for the community through:
“We are looking to the innovation of the private and non-government sectors to redevelop old public housing estates into mixed communities which will put thousands of people in social housing on a better path,” Mr Hazzard said.
“Children in social housing should not see disadvantage as their only future. It does them good to see their neighbours in private housing going to a job each day.”
The Future Directions program is in addition to the Social and Affordable Housing Fund which will deliver 3,000 new social and affordable dwellings across NSW.
“The NSW Government is committed to reducing homelessness and breaking the cycle of disadvantage. Providing more social housing and ensuring the necessary support services are available for those in social housing is vitally important,” Mr Hazzard said.
“We’re also providing support and incentives to help people successfully transition out of the social housing system, and assistance to help people avoid entering it in the first place, with more support to vulnerable households in the private rental market.”
“While some people need social housing in the long term, for others it should be a stepping stone to employment. We will provide opportunities for those people to get training, find a job and move into the private rental market.”
“The Liberals & Nationals Government under Premier Mike Baird has made reducing homelessness and making social housing sustainable a state priority and these reforms will go a long way to delivering that,” Mr Hazzard said.
For a copy of Future Directions go to www.socialhousing.nsw.gov.au