The Central Coast’s leading community housing provider has welcomed the NSW Government’s breakthrough plan to supply urgently needed public housing in partnership with private enterprise developers and not-for-profit housing groups.
The new plan announced by Social Housing Minister Brad Hazzard on Sunday, will see the government demolish ageing and dysfunctional estates and sell them to developers in return for new developments that include a mix of private and public housing units.
The government says the plan will unleash a $22 billion building bonanza that delivers 23,000 new social and affordable homes, incorporating 17,000 replacement dwellings and 6,000 new units over a 10 year period.
Pacific Link Housing CEO Keith Gavin has welcomed the new initiative, which gives not-for profit community housing groups a larger role in affordable and social housing provision and management going forward.
“This policy recognises the value of closer collaboration with developers and community housing groups and the way they can now work together to meet the government’s policy objectives in the sector.
“It creates a new and effective model for the future development of new housing after many years in which progress has been slowed to a standstill due to budgetary constraints.
“Not-for-profit providers like Pacific Link Housing have already transitioned from housing management to management and supply. We are more than ready to play our part – partnering with Government and developers to deliver new housing and reduce waiting lists.
“The Ministers announcement marks the beginning of new era that promises lasting benefits – including the increased supply of affordable housing for the elderly and key workers essential to the future of our communities,” he said.
Pacific Link Housing now manages around 1,000 properties in the Central Coast and Hunter regions and consistently invests in new programs at a time when community housing providers are forecast to take control of 35 per cent of social housing in the next 10 years.
“The new policy of renewal and rebuilding offers new hope to those on waiting lists in our region and we are ready to assist in this collaborative process,“ Mr Gavin said.