Rates ex­emp­tion for so­cial hous­ing

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

BEL­MONT TWO so­cial hous­ing prop­er­ties man­aged by Stel­lar Living have had rate ex­emp­tions ap­proved by the City of Bel­mont.

The not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion is a so­cial in­vestor, pro­vid­ing af­ford­able, qual­ity, hous­ing to peo­ple who can­not get into the pri­vate mar­ket.

Stel­lar have ap­plied to have their rates ex­empt from two prop­er­ties in the City – 1/360 Ac­ton Av­enue, Kew­dale and 28 Brind­ley Street, Bel­mont – for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 fi­nan­cial years.

The City of Bel­mont will lose nearly $4000 of rev­enue by agree­ing to the ex­emp­tion.

Depart­ment of Hous­ing Act­ing Gen­eral Manager (Com­mer­cial Op­er­a­tions) Nigel Hind­marsh con­firmed th­ese were not new prop­er­ties and there­fore would not in­crease the amount of so­cial hous­ing in the area.

“1/360 Ac­ton Ave, Kew­dale and 28 Brind­ley Street, Bel­mont are owned by the Depart­ment of Hous­ing and man­aged by Stel­lar Living un­der the Cri­sis Ac­com­mo­da­tion Pro­gram,” he said.

Th­ese prop­er­ties have been man­aged by out­side agen­cies like Stel­lar since 1994 (Ac­ton Av­enue) and 1992 (Brind­ley Street).

Depart­ment of Hous­ing Gen­eral Manager (Ser­vice De­liv­ery) Greg Cash said that as of April 30 this year there were 2228 prop­er­ties for so­cial hous­ing in the South City Zone, of which 2071 were public hous­ing prop­er­ties.

The zone in­cludes Bel­mont, Carlisle, Cloverdale, East Vic­to­ria Park, Kew­dale, Lath­lain, Red­cliffe and River­vale.

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