Af­ford­able hous­ing: De­mand still high

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AC­CESS Hous­ing cel­e­brated the com­ple­tion of its 200th built or ac­quired home at the of­fi­cial open­ing of its af­ford­able hous­ing project at Rock­ing­ham.

Live­able Cities Pro­gram granted Ac­cess Hous­ing fund­ing to help deliver af­ford­able owner-oc­cu­pier and rental hous­ing op­tions to in­ner-city Rock­ing­ham.

The com­plex is lo­cated close to pub­lic trans­port routes and in­ter­changes and is only min­utes to the Rock­ing­ham fore­shore.

Other ameni­ties such as schools, parks, sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties, Mur­doch Univer­sity cam­pus and Rock­ing­ham Cen­tre are close by.

This devel­op­ment is one of three that Ac­cess Hous­ing has com­pleted in the City of Rock­ing­ham since 2015, de­liv­er­ing an ad­di­tional 50 new af­ford­able homes to the City.

Ac­cess Hous­ing has re­tained 22 for af­ford­able rental pur­poses, in­clud­ing eight at this devel­op­ment.

The com­pany is also near­ing com­ple­tion on its Jervis Rise project at Bal­divis, which is com­prised of a fur­ther 51 af­ford­able apart­ments. It will take the com­pany’s tally of af­ford­able homes in the City of Rock­ing­ham past 100.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Garry El­len­der said the de­mand for af­ford­able hous­ing in Rock­ing­ham, and more broadly across WA, was still high de­spite the re­cent de­cline in the lo­cal prop­erty mar­ket.

“This project is a good ex­am­ple of how pos­i­tive af­ford­able hous­ing out­comes can be achieved through part­ner­ships be­tween gov­ern­ment agen­cies, lo­cal gov­ern­ments and not-for-profit Com­mu­nity Hous­ing Providers like Ac­cess Hous­ing,” he said.

Hous­ing Min­is­ter Peter Tin­ley, Ac­cess Hous­ing CEO Garry El­len­der and City of Rock­ing­ham Mayor Barry Sam­mels cut­ting the rib­bon to of­fi­cially open the devel­op­ment (pic­tured be­low).

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