Responsible Management Allows For Early Program Completion

Responsible Management Allows For Early Program Completion

Western Australia Minister for Housing Bill Marmion

Western Australia Minister for Child Protection Robyn McSweeney

Stage One Of Social Housing NPA Completed Ten Months Ahead Of Schedule

Victor P Taffa

Western Australia has completed Stage One of Properties built under the Social Housing National Partnership Agreement (NPA), Ten Months Ahead of Schedule.

Housing Minister Bill Marmion and Child Protection Minister Robyn McSweeney today visited one of the developments built under the Program, designed to increase the supply of social housing and assist people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to transition to longer-term accommodation.

Minister Marmion said he was pleased the Stage One Target had been surpassed with 117 Dwellings now completed.

“An allocation of $40 Million through the Social Housing NPA was provided to build 173 new dwellings over two years, with 87 Dwellings the Stage One target.” Mr. Marmion said.

“Properties have been built in Metropolitan and Regional Areas including Albany, Northam, Karratha and Broome. Homelessness is an issue affecting people across the State and from a broad range of Demographics.”

Minister McSweeney said houses built through the Social Housing NPA would be allocated to people who had experienced homelessness at some stage of their life.

“There are 110 non-government sector homelessness workers currently supporting clients with various needs under this initiative, including people sleeping rough, those needing to find accommodation or assistance to avoid being homeless.” Mrs. McSweeney said.

“We are hearing good news from service providers who are seeing good results from clients who are now securing their own stable accommodation. These clients are avoiding going down the path of homelessness where they had not been able to in the past.”

Stage Two of the Social Housing NPA is due to be completed by mid 2011, with 56 dwellings on track for completion of the Commonwealth-State Partnership.

WA Minister for Child Protection Robyn McSweeney

WA Minister for Child Protection Robyn McSweeney