Shelter WA welcomes the Housing Authority’s move to work with community housing providers and local governments with developable land to build new social housing dwellings as part of its $560 million social housing investment package (SHIP).
The SHIP offers a significant opportunity to expand the capacity of community housing providers and increase the supply of social housing for those Western Australians in greatest need. Community housing providers work in partnership with the Housing Authority to deliver social housing to the Western Australian community.
Western Australia has a significant homelessness problem, with nearly 20,000 people on the Housing Authority waitlist, including 2800 with an urgent housing need. SHIP will help community housing providers build new social housing to get people housed from the priority list.
Calling on Local Governments, community housing providers and not-for-profit organisations to provide land will add value and impact to the State Government’s $560 million commitment to grow social housing. Unlike government agencies, community housing providers are able to leverage their asset base to grow more housing. This move by the Housing Authority provides a vital opportunity to extend the reach of the Western Australian Government’s commitment and assist as many people as possible, while encouraging strong partnerships across the community housing sector.