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Community Housing Innovation Fund to deliver more houses and a stronger system

Last published on 19 Dec 2018 in Media releases

The NSW Government is partnering with Community Housing Providers through an innovative new funding program to continue to boost the supply of social and affordable housing in NSW.

Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward said the NSW Government is investing $50 million in the Community Housing Innovation Fund (CHIF) – a grant program operated over three years, which will target around 150 new dwellings.

"The NSW Government already has the largest social housing building program in the country – by working in partnership with Community Housing Providers we will continue to grow and build more and better social housing," Ms Goward said.

"Community Housing Providers can often bring additional resources not available to government such as private land and local knowledge. Through this program we hope to encourage innovative tenancy, property and design proposals that deliver tailored housing and support services.

"We are committed to growing the community housing sector by sourcing more housing stock from non-government providers for the benefit of social housing tenants across NSW."

CEO of Community Housing Industry Association NSW Wendy Hayhurst said: "This initiative will further boost the capacity of the community housing sector in expanding social and affordable housing supply and the decision by the NSW Government to co-design the grant program shows a commitment to true partnership."

The CHIF is open to all Community Housing Providers based in regional and metropolitan NSW with the tender process to begin in March 2019.

The NSW Liberals and Nationals Government has the largest social and affordable housing building program in Australia with 27,000 social, affordable and private dwellings to be built over the next 10 years.

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