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Millers Point sales help house the homeless

Last published on 25 Sep 2016 in News / Archive

People who were homeless or on the housing waiting list now have a roof over their head with hundreds of new dwellings built from the sales of valuable taxpayer owned properties at Millers Point.

People who were homeless or on the housing waiting list now have a roof over their head with hundreds of new dwellings built from the sales of valuable taxpayer owned properties at Millers Point.

Social Housing Minister Brad Hazzard said proceeds of the sales to date have been used to construct or commence construction on nearly 650 dwellings.

“Multi-million dollar properties in and around Millers Point have been sold by the NSW Government on behalf of taxpayers to ensure we can assist more vulnerable residents into housing.

“The majority of the residents who lived in Millers Point have recognised that by accepting an offer to move into their choice of accommodation in local areas including Pyrmont, Glebe, Woolloomooloo and Marrickville that they have helped other vulnerable people obtain housing.

“I have stood with people moving into new housing from the proceeds of Millers Point who thought they would never get social housing and they are so thankful to those residents who agreed to move.

Suburbs that have received new housing include:

  • Abbotsford
  • Canley Heights
  • Casula
  • Bankstown
  • Corrimal
  • Bexley North
  • Condell Park
  • Greenacre
  • Seven Hills
  • Yagoona
  • Birrong
  • Jannali
  • Northmead
  • Smithfield
  • Campbelltown
  • Kingswood
  • Narwee
  • Towradgi
  • Penrith
  • Revesby
  • Unanderra

“Moving house is a challenge for anybody and sometimes there are circumstances where we do have to ask social housing tenants to move as their circumstances change, or there are other imperative needs such as building new housing or renewal of old housing,” Mr Hazzard said.

The Millers Point sales are expected to generate more than $500 million dollars for building new social housing in NSW, with an estimated 1500 new housing units to help reduce the social housing waiting list.

More than 570 people were living in social housing in Millers Point in 2014 and close to 65 remain.

“I thank the Millers Point residents who have moved for understanding the need to provide more social housing for the 60,000 vulnerable people on the waiting list,” Mr Hazzard said.

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