More social housing

We will increase the number of homes and make the best use of existing ones. This will involve a large scale program to build a mix of social, affordable and private homes. Our focus is to build integrated communities that are close to transport, education and support services.

This large-scale building program will deliver up to 23,000 new and replacement social and affordable dwellings.

We will improve existing social housing properties, which may require some tenants to be temporarily relocated. The Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) will work closely with communities to make sure tenants are properly looked after and no unnecessary disruption is caused.

Social housing is part of the NSW Government’s  approach to uncover the best innovative ideas and know-how from outside government through a competitive selection process. A number of Future Directions programs will increase social housing:

  • Communities Plus - redevelops Land and Housing Corporation sites throughout metropolitan Sydney and regional NSW into sustainable mixed communities. This will include developments with pilot programs that link housing assistance to education, training and local employment opportunities.
  • Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF) - supports projects which deliver additional social and affordable housing stock through innovative partnerships between community housing providers (CHPs), non-government organisations (NGOs) and the private sector.
  • Social impact investment - the NSW Office of Social Impact Investment has been established to grow the social impact market and has delivered Australia’s first two Social Benefit Bonds, seeking to deliver better services and results for families at risk.