EXCITING SOCIAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY IN NORTHERN TABLELANDS

MP urging region to take advantage of new $1 billion fund

NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall is calling on the region’s builders, housing corporations and not-for-profit groups to come forward with proposals to deliver much needed new social and affordable housing across the Northern Tablelands.

Mr Marshall made the call in the wake of the State Government’s announcement over the weekend of a new $1.1 billion Social and Affordable Housing Fund.

“I welcome the establishment of this fund and the more than 3,000 new homes it will help generate,” Mr Marshall said.

“As a country MP I’m delighted that 30 percent of those new home will be built in rural and regional NSW.

“There is a huge waiting list for social housing right across NSW and it is very apparent in country areas, so I’m urging locals to consider putting a proposal forward to provide housing and take advantage of this new fund.

“It’ll allow local communities to address local needs for vulnerable families and individuals.”

Mr Marshall said that local organisations which could also provide land for projects were especially welcome as that would help the fund deliver the biggest bang for the buck and help the most number of vulnerable people into housing.

“Organisations eligible to apply for the fund include community housing providers, local government, the private sector and not for profits including faith based organisations, community organisations, landholders, developers, builders and financiers,” he said.

“Organisations are encouraged to form together to apply as a consortia to ensure that new housing is accompanied by people with the skills and services necessary to successfully manage social and affordable housing.”

Mr Marshall said he’d already had discussions with several groups in the region which would be working towards lodging an expression of interest for the fund with the government.

Invitations for expression of interest proposals are now open, and close on Tuesday, 15 March.

More information on the Social and Affordable Housing Fund can be found at www.facs.nsw.gov.au/SAHF

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