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Affordable housing boost for Sydney’s west

4 Apr 2018

St Marys is the latest beneficiary of a new affordable housing development with the completion of 49 one and two bedroom units jointly funded by the NSW and Federal Government, Penrith City Council and Wentworth Community Housing.

Built by Community Housing Provider Wentworth Community Housing, the boost in affordable dwellings in the area will help more people on low to moderate incomes gain access to housing and tailored support.

Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward and Liberal Senator for Western Sydney Marise Payne officially opened the new development today.

“The need for social and affordable housing in Western Sydney is increasing and in partnership with the community housing sector we are taking action to fulfil the demand,” Ms Goward said.

“We are delivering more and better housing for tenants and NSW families, including those on the waiting list, and this development is another bricks and mortar example of our commitment.”

Ms Payne said the development in St Marys was needed to increase supply for tenants on very low to moderate incomes to rent a property at a discounted rate.

“The Turnbull Government is helping to address housing supply and affordability by improving taxation arrangements, releasing surplus Commonwealth land and reducing barriers to downsizing,” Ms Payne said.

“Additionally, the Government is establishing the $1 billion National Housing Infrastructure Facility to address infrastructure chokepoints that are impeding housing development in critical areas of undersupply.”

“Wentworth’s St Marys affordable housing apartments provide much-needed affordable accommodation close to shopping, community services and transport. We will also work closely with our clients to provide them with opportunities to create connections with each other and the local community,” Wentworth Community Housing CEO Stephen McIntyre said.

The NSW Government is currently undertaking the biggest social housing building program in the country through the $22 billion Communities Plus program, which will deliver 23,000 social and 500 affordable homes over the next 10 years.