State puts hous­ing on its pri­or­ity list

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page - Su­sanne Reilly

THE State Gov­ern­ment says it will halve the num­ber of se­niors and fam­i­lies with chil­dren on the pri­or­ity wait­list for so­cial hous­ing.

A $560 mil­lion in­vest­ment pack­age will com­prise $85 mil­lion of Depart­ment of Hous­ing land, $452 mil­lion for hous­ing devel­op­ment and $23 mil­lion in op­er­a­tional costs.

Hous­ing Min­is­ter Colin Holt said the in­vest­ment would de­liver 1000 ex­tra homes over the next two years.

“This in­vest­ment is tar­geted at the most vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple on the pri­or­ity wait­list for so­cial hous­ing,” he said.

At the end of April, there were 590 ap­pli­cants on the wait­list for public hous­ing in the South City zone; 82 were pri­or­ity listed.

Bel­mont MLA Glenys God­frey said she would keep a close eye on how this topic pro­gressed and would in­form the com­mu­nity about any new de­vel­op­ments.

At the end of last month, there were 345 public hous­ing prop­er­ties in Bel­mont.

“Over­all, I am pleased that ex­tra fund­ing has been al­lo­cated to tackle the pri­or­ity wait­ing list. What I don’t want to see is the num­ber of so­cial hous­ing prop­er­ties in­creas­ing within the Bel­mont elec­torate, sim­ply be­cause we al­ready have an above-av­er­age pres­ence,” she said.

“River­vale, for in­stance, is a sub­urb with the sec­ond high­est num­ber of public hous­ing prop­er­ties in the metropoli­tan area. So I would like the Depart­ment of Hous­ing to sell some of the valu­able land it owns in our area and re-in­vest that profit in ar­eas with lower den­sity of so­cial hous­ing.”

East Metropoli­tan Re­gion MLC Sa­man­tha Rowe said she re­ceived weekly com­plaints from con­stituents who had been wait­ing years for public hous­ing.

“Many in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies on fixed in­comes can­not af­ford to buy their own home and can­not af­ford to rent in the pri­vate rental mar­ket,” she said.

“They meet the el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria for public hous­ing and are placed on the list, but are then left wait­ing for years be­fore a prop­erty be­comes avail­able.

“Fund­ing for so­cial hous­ing is des­per­ately needed af­ter sig­nif­i­cant cuts by the Bar­nett Gov­ern­ment in re­cent years.”

Depart­ment of Hous­ing Gen­eral Manager Ser­vice De­liv­ery Greg Cash said the pack­age in­cluded fund­ing for new public hous­ing and re­de­vel­op­ment of older hous­ing stock.

He said Bel­mont was iden­ti­fied as an area that of­fered re­de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Bel­mont MLA Glenys God­frey.

MLC Sa­man­tha Rowe.

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