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SA community housing receives further stimulus boost

17 Sep 13

The South Australian government is continuing to prove its dedication to social welfare after committing more funding to expand the state's community housing options.

Following the opening of Common Ground facilities in various locations around SA in recent months, Minister for Social Housing Tony Piccolo announced in a September 16 media release that a $20 million package will boost the building industry and provide over 120 new and affordable homes.

A total of nine community housing providers will be allocated a portion of the package, and Mr Piccolo stated that the funding will benefit both the state's builders and its vulnerable citizens.

"This funding package is about delivering good social and economic outcomes for South
Australia," he said.

"It supports our construction industry in what are challenging times for the sector by supporting developments that, in some cases, have stalled while delivering new and affordable homes to help support some of our most vulnerable and disadvantaged citizens."

As a result, Mr Piccolo said, the supply of affordable rental options in South Australia will increase, while at the same time low income households will see lower rental costs.

The range of community housing providers involved in the program is diverse, from Anglicare and Junction Housing to Westside Housing and Women's Housing.

Of course, Common Ground will also be involved once again, with 12 homes planned across two sites in central Adelaide.

A mix of metropolitan and rural areas around the state will see new, affordable homes being built, including Woodville Gardens, Flinders Park, Andrews Farm and Murray Bridge.

The construction of the houses is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2014, and Mr Piccolo had some real estate advice regarding social housing in South Australia.

"Everyone deserves to have somewhere secure to live and this investment in affordable housing will provide that for some of the most disadvantaged people in our community."